FOR any young player who has had their early football dream shattered – use the story of Sam Clucas as an inspiration…and an example that you can bounce back from disappointment and rejection.
The Hull midfielder has been outstanding this season, in a struggling side remember, and is attracting interest from far and wide.
Newcastle are reported to be the front runners in the race for the 26-year-old who only signed an improved three-year deal in August, and is highly valued by all at his current club.
It’s been quite a journey for Sam who was released by Leicester at the age of 16 when he began playing for Nettleham in the Central Midlands League.
After being signed by Lincoln he never made a league appearance and was released after just a year, only to then be rescued by being offered a two year scholarship at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.
The Academy has the main objective of getting former Premier League and Football League Championship scholars back into professional football after having being released by their various clubs.
After returning to England, Clucas has had a meteoric and heart-warming rise and is currently Hull’s main man after spells with Hereford, Mansfield and Chesterfield.
He has played in all 20 of Hull’s Premier League matches this season, starting 19 of them, and now other clubs have come calling.
But the big question for Hull is…can they afford to lose Clucas and another Newcastle target Robert Snodgrass? Money talks.