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Aston Villa's Mark Delaney was playing in the League of Wales just a few seasons ago
Aston Villa's Mark Delaney was playing in the League of Wales just a few seasons ago

You've got to be realistic.

Just think. How many new young players does a club like Liverpool or Arsenal sign every season?

The answer is - very few.

Yet they are probably running two youth teams.

It doesn't take a genius to figure you've got your work cut out.

The reality is that most trainees will never make the grade.

Trainees released from scholarship schemes are put into a central pool which allows other interested clubs to come in for them.

Don't lose faith

Darren Peacock did it the hard way
Darren Peacock did it the hard way

And Fulham scout Roger Skyrme reckons there's nothing wrong with lowering your standards.

"Never lose faith in your ability, but do be prepared to move down a level," Roger told the Sport Academy.

One example is Darren Peacock who was rejected by Bristol Rovers before being taken on by Newport County.

He eventually went on to make some 200 Premiership appearances for clubs such as QPR, Newcastle, West Ham and Blackburn.

"Now that's one player with real backbone," said Roger.

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Did you know
Around 90 per cent of footballers in this country do not play at a professional level

Bouncing back
Players who have been rejected but still gone on to make it include:
Robbie Savage who was rejected by Manchester United
They also released David Platt before he went on to Aston Villa
Brian Clough snapped up Des Walker for Nottingham Forest after Spurs let him go
Arsenal rejected Andy Cole but he went on to make it with Manchester United
Wales international Mark Delaney was playing for Carmarthen in the League of Wales until just a few seasons ago. Cardiff came in for him and he was soon snapped up by Aston Villa.

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