Posted: August 06th 2015
Like I said the other day, a lot of parents are
worried that their children will be worse off
if they don’t realise their dreams in Football.
I can tell you that the pain of not fully going
for it is worse…
Because you can’t get that time back.
At 15 years old I walked away from Swansea
Had been with the club since the age of 12.
Had the chance to commit more to the club
Walked away because my parents didn’t feel
it was a good environment to develop in.
And they were right. It wasn’t the best.
Went back down at 17 for a 2 week trial when
Alan Curtis took over the Youth Team.
But it was too late.
Played well the first two days
Came home and said to my old man “I’ve got
a chance here”.
But I burnt out after that.
Not fit and ready for daily training.
My preparation was a million
miles away from where it needed to be to grab
that opportunity, at 17 years old, with both
The bottom line is I do regret not signing for
Swansea and giving it ‘a proper go’ at 15.
Because it was my best chance of getting the
type of consistent, high-intensity training I
needed to fulfill my potential.
Despite all the flaws in the ‘system’ at the
Thankfully, I channeled that disappointment…
And started out on a career in teaching and
Nearly 20 years later and I’ve coached
thousands of players.
A number have gone on to play at the very
All of the players I work with today are
dreaming of that.
One such player is fighting to keep his dream
At 22, he is running out of time.
Developed as a youngster at a top continental
Club. Came to Swansea as an apprentice via
I worked with him at the club at the time.
His attitude was poor.
All the ability in the world.
But he didn’t get anywhere.
Went back to the continent and eventually
it dawned on him.
‘I missed my chance!’
Whereas before he was distracted by anything
Now, his focus is laser-like.
And he’s asked me to help him have one final
push at ‘making it’.
With the pace and ability he has, he’s got something
to offer. But so have lots of others.
But now that his attitude is sorted out, he has got a
So how do we stop players from throwing away
Being around the right people. Who can guide them.
support them. Challenge and nurture them to be better.
We’re not talking about making kids do something
they don’t want to here.
We’re saying ‘if you want it, PROVE it. Show it’.
Or go and do something else with your life as its
far too short to waste time.
We’ve added a STRONG association and
accountability element to our Advanced Group
Training starting in September.
PS - Here's a belter for you...
“Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things that you didn't
do than by the ones you did do. So throw
off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe
Explore. Dream. Discover.”