Manchester City’s academy graduates can be found playing their football all over the world – but one of them has decided to quit the sport at a young age to pursue a dream.
Former Wales under-21 goalkeeper Billy O’Brien joined City’s academy in 2006 after undergoing trials at both City and United and would stay until 2017 when his contract expired and he joined nearby Macclesfield Town.
A year later, O’Brien has decided to quit the sport at the age of 22 for a big career change. The Bury-born goalkeeper has announced on his social media accounts that he has earned a Green Beret and become a Royal Marine Commando.
In 2016, another ex-City kid, Jérémy Hélan, a devout muslim, quit the sport to devote himself to his religion. It is a big step for young players earning good money to walk away from the sport, but O’Brien has described his achievement as an ‘amazing feeling’ and doesn’t sound like a man with any regrets.
Good luck to him in his future.