Mohammed Jurjee thought his chance of becoming a professional footballer had passed – but he has been snapped up by Bolton Wanderers.
Penwortham Priory Academy student Jurjee, 14, has played for Mill Hill in Blackburn every Sunday for around seven years.
But, as some of his team-mates have moved on to club’s academies over the years, he has missed out.
However, the youngster –who can play in midfield or at right-back – went on a trial at Championship side Bolton and has won an Under-15s contract.
“I did think my chance had gone as other players were getting signed up by professional clubs,” said Jurjee (right), who is from Deepdale.
“Then the manager at Mill Hill, Nathan Sargeson, recommended me to his brother Lee, who is a scout at Bolton.
“I had to attend a trial match which was tough and was told I had got an Under-15s contract and was really happy.
“I now train every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and weekends with Bolton and, while I can play for my school, I have had to leave Mill Hill, which was sad after seven years there.”
While Jurjee is happy with his Bolton call-up, he does secretly admit to being a Liverpool fan.
“I do support Liverpool but we played them recently and Bolton beat them 3-2 and I didn’t mind as long as I was on the winning side.”