Like many clubs, Bolton Wanderers have had a few players that have slipped through the net at youth level. Two of those in recent years are now both at AFC Bournemouth.
One is Welsh international David Brooks, who had an unsuccessful trial at Bolton before signing for Sheffield United.
The other is England U21 goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, who signed for Bolton when he was ten & was released five years later.
Earlier this week, Ramsdale revealed to The Bournemouth Echo the reason why Wanderers decided to let him go:
”A lot of people have had rejection and probably worse stories than me, but it’s definitely an ‘I’ve proved you wrong’ sort of thing.
”When you watch yourself on Match of the Day, which I watched as a kid like everyone else, it really is a pinch yourself moment. It’s like ‘wow’.
”I did five years at Bolton. As a 15-year-old I got released. I was too small and couldn’t kick were the reasons they gave me. At the time it was true, but they never sort of gave me the chance to grow.
”I trialled all around the country, had quite a lot of rejections and then found myself at Sheffield United.”
Ramsdale moved from The Blades to Bournemouth for £1 million in 2017.
After loan moves at Chesterfield & AFC Wimbledon, the young shot stopper has established himself as The Cherries’ first choice keeper, having started all four games so far this season.
You can read Ramsdale's full interview with The Bournemouth Echo by clicking here.