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Sean Davis rejected by West Ham

last updated Sunday 10th June 2001, 9:53 AM
Sean Davis
Sean Davis
THE precocious talents of Sean Davis were nearly lost to the game after he was rejected by Fulham's neighbours Wimbledon and West Ham.

And a life of uncertainty would have followed for the England Under-21 midfielder but for the intervention of two community workers at Battersea.

The critics continue to rave on about Davis, a player described by Craven Cottage's French boss Jean Tigana as indispensable.

He is already being tipped to make quick progression to Sven Goran Eriksson's full England squad and Tigana claims he will eventually be forced to turn down bids in excess of pounds 10million when the youngster is unleashed on the Premiership scene next season.

But soccer stardom could have easily been lost to the boy who dreamed of pulling on the blue shirt of Fulham's arch-rivals Chelsea and was told he would never get the opportunity to kick a ball for a living.

He revealed: "I was at Wimbledon for a year and they said I wasn't good enough, and West Ham only took a week to say the same and show me the door.

"Initially I was a bit disillusioned after the rejections. I kept playing local football at Battersea youth centre, but there were times when I thought my dreams would never be realised.

"I was extremely lucky, though. The coaches at Battersea, Ray Henry and Andrew Beadle, recommended I gave it another shot and told me to go for trials at Fulham. I've never looked back.

"I've been fortunate with Tigana. He's been like a breath of fresh air. He used to play in my position, so that helps, but the assistant coach Christian Damiano has brought my game on as well.

"Next season will be the real test for Fulham when we mix it with the big boys.

"I believe the present squad are strong enough to stay in the Premiership, but we are looking to bring in at least five players because we want to go up and be seen to be challenging the top clubs for honours."

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