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08 Jul 2017 08:32:01
This is a true story on Wiltshire I promise.
It was around 2004 or 2005 my eldest son was playing for a team called Sandgate out of Hayes in Middlesex in the Arsenal International Tournament which was held in Surrey at the old Royal HollowayPolytechnic University there .
Anyhow one of the Arsenal scouts we were talking too pointed out Willshire and he's words were something like this .
"See that boy there. He's going to make it as a pro player. The problem is with him is that he knows it. The problem we have got with him is he's ego and that's going to be he's undoing ". Wilshire was playing in a different age group to my son as he was 2 years older. How right was this scout.

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08 Jul 2017 08:44:13
Should have had the doctors in and lanced that ego when he was a kid. Bit late now perhaps.

08 Jul 2017 09:15:29
If you humanise it who wouldn't have made many of the same mistakes Jacks made given the way everyone at Arsenal has put him on a pedestal for so many yeas.
We are all guilty of it fans coaches Arsene most definitely, for many many years Jack could do no wrong in any of our eyes.
It's got to be difficult to keep your feet on the ground when everyone is pussy footing around you treating you like royalty from a very early age.
Most people have to work hard to prove themselves in what they do which gives us a solid foundation to build our character on but for Jack it's been both different and difficult.
Beckham and others been lucky to have had the right people around them at the right time but Jack and plenty of others who never went on to be all they could and should have been simply because they didn't get what they needed when they needed it.
Gascoigne? What could be have been if handled better?

08 Jul 2017 09:21:37
Sharpie. I also remember this scout saying something that Wilshire was hard work and would do what he wanted.
Basically he was a bit of a know all.

08 Jul 2017 09:30:45
I have no special knowledge about Jack but I feel it is much more his injuries that have destroyed his career, not his personality.

{Ed025's Note - bit of both i think melbourne..

08 Jul 2017 09:37:46
So what your saying Melbourne is that you know jack about jack 😂.

08 Jul 2017 13:09:19
My son and his best mate had trails for shrewsbury. His mate is very good.
I was their when the shrewsbury youth coach asked the lads name.
Ryan went on to be selected, in his first youth game he beat 4 villa players went around the keeper and back heeled it in.
The Youth coach toke him off and said he should try next year.
As ryan went to change, and he was upset, the coach came over to me and his dad, and said we won't him badly, but we have to knock that out of him.
The next year they signed him and he is now in the first team squad, He has developed into a level headed lad,
And its great to see him getting his first pro forms this season.
I know people will say well its only shrewsbury, but a lot have risen from the lower ranks, And I think and prey he does
A good level headed lad.

{Ed025's Note - nice piece that welsh..

08 Jul 2017 13:27:22
I was shocked at the time. But I really did settle him down.
My boy is now an apprentice welder, and has signed for a club 1 league below the welsh premiership, and is getting £40 a game. (he is 18)
Its a disgrace, people should play for nothing.
To put it in perspective he only pays his mum £25 a week for keep.
I'm getting disillusioned with football, the sanchez thing.
People need to get reel.

08 Jul 2017 16:55:10
Welshie, only time I'll get reel is when I'm going fishing mate. Otherwise I just look like an assassin.



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