Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is happy to proving his doubters wrong.
The 21-year-old’s route to the Premier League included being released by Bolton aged 15 after being told he was “too small and couldn’t kick”.
Ramsdale told the Daily Echo: “A lot of people have had rejection and probably worse stories than me, but it’s definitely an ‘I’ve proved you wrong’ sort of thing.
“When you watch yourself on Match of the Day, which I watched as a kid like everyone else, it really is a pinch yourself moment. It’s like ‘wow’.
“I did five years at Bolton. As a 15-year-old I got released. I was too small and couldn’t kick were the reasons they gave me. At the time it was true, but they never sort of gave me the chance to grow.
“I trialled all around the country, had quite a lot of rejections and then found myself at Sheffield United.
“I struggled a lot as a first-year scholar, came back as a second-year and sort of grew up a little bit more. I started finding my feet, performances were getting better and then about a year-and-a-half later, Bournemouth came in and bid for me.
“I had a tough loan spell with Chesterfield, getting relegated. Then Wimbledon last year was hopefully the start of many good seasons to come.”