Cohen Bramall: 5 steps to a professional contract

Working in a car factory
I was playing for Hednesford Town and they were paying me per game and I was also working on the production line for the car firm Bentley. I was filling up gases and liquid in the cars and doing material work. I enjoyed it, they were long hours but the money was good, it was just a shame they were laying people off while I was there. 

Being made redundant
When Bentley made me redundant, I had it in my head that I wanted to get a full-time club. I believed I could still get one. My manager, Lee McDonald, drilled it into me that I was the best left-back in the National League. I went on trial at Stoke, Crewe and Crystal Palace – everyone was better than me technically by a long way. But it improved me massively playing with players like Wilfried Zaha and Yohan Cabaye.

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