George Edmundson has opened up on his journey to becoming a Rangers player, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
The 21-year-old centre-back signed for the club from Oldham last month, for a reported £700k [BBC Sport].
📝 #RangersFC are today delighted to announce the signing of defender @georgedmundson from Oldham Athletic on a four year deal subject to international clearance.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) June 21, 2019
However, he admits there were times it looked unlikely he’d make it as a professional at all.
With hard work and perseverance, though, he’s earned a move to a giant of a club.
“My journey hasn’t been a smooth one,” said Edmundson, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I went on trial to a number of clubs like Manchester United, Man City and Everton and I was always told I wasn’t good enough, or as good as what they had.”
“My coach at City, Simon Cooper, went to Oldham. He asked me to come in and play a game for him. I love playing football so I couldn’t turn it down — but there were no guarantees. I worked hard but when it came to the decision about a professional contract they told me they were having to let me go. They didn’t think I was ready for the first team.
“We still had a few games until the end of the season, so I kept training hard and the last game of the season was a national final. We won 4-0 against MK Dons and I played OK. The chairman and the coaches were watching and they said that I shouldn’t be let go. So I got another chance to be a professional — I took it and signed for Oldham.
“I went on loan to the likes of Ramsbottom, Alfreton and AFC Fylde — those certainly turned me into a man — before going back to Oldham.”
Less than two years ago, he was turning out in England’s fifth tier, and now, he faces the prospect of playing in front of 50,000 at Ibrox.
With the club’s current centre-back resources, it looks unlikely he’ll get regular game time. Yet, it’s clear that Edmundson has been written off plenty of times before and each time he’s managed to prove himself.