It’s every aspiring football player’s dream to play for a well-known professional club from the very beginning, but not everyone is as lucky as Harry Kane, who signed a scholarship contract with a Premier League team when he was 16. As the saying goes, ‘mighty oaks from little acorns grow’, so starting from humble roots is a more likely scenario for the majority of football players.
When we say humble roots, we mean a regional team where you can learn the basics, practice as much as possible and become better every day. There is a plethora of non-league clubs in England and there are lots of talented players there who might as well get contracts with clubs in the top leagues of English football.
In this article, we will talk about some footballers from non-league teams who have what it takes to be recruited by professional teams at the top tier of the football pyramid.
One of them is Luke Coulson who currently plays as a winger for Ebbsfleet United, a team based in Northfleet, Kent, which competes in the National League, Level 5 of English football. Coulson is now 23 years old and has spent 10 years in the academy at Manchester City. Previously, he played for Cardiff City, Oxford City, Eastleigh, and Barnet. With a degree in sports writing and broadcasting, Coulson is also eyeing a career in journalism.
Jake Robinson is another talented player that stands out from the crowd. Though he is 31, Robinson still has chances to score a big contract with a professional team. He has what it takes for that. At the moment, he plays as either winger or striker for Billericay Town. After stints at clubs like Brighton & Hove Albion, Aldershot, Shrewsbury and Northampton Town, he became Billericay Town’s record signing, joining the club in March 2017 for £24,000.
The third candidate to a potential move to the top tiers is Matt Briggs. He plays for Dorking Wanderers in the Isthmian League at the moment and is considered the hottest prospect outside the league with genuine potential for Premier League. He is just 21, so time is on his side and great things might expect him in the future.
Finally, James Hardy from AFC Fylde seems to have a flourishing career ahead of him and all the attributes to climb up the pyramid. The 21-year-old player has already showed his talent at England C level, so it’s just a matter of time until he gets a deal.