Arsenal sign Bramall
Cohen Bramall must be pinching himself right now. The left-back has joined Arsenal after a successful trial with the Gunners. Before this, he was playing part-time football for non-league Hednesford Town. He’s living the dream.
Bramall was made redundant from his £400-a-week job as a factory worker at Bentley Motors in Crewe last week. Now, he’s earning £3,000-a-week in the Premier League. He detailed his incredible journey for Arsenal Player.
A dream come true
He said: “It feels incredible. I can’t believe I’m here already. It’s been mental. It’s been crazy. I played for Hednesford Town. I had been there for about five months and the manager was Lee McDonald who really took me on.
“I wanted to be a left winger and he said in front of my mum and dad “no I want you to be a left back. I was new to it but I played left back for him and he gave me a lot of confidence to be a proper left back.
“Teams were getting interested and my confidence was getting bigger and bigger. And then I signed with an agency called Full Contact with Lee Payne and Dan Chapman. A great agency with a lot of non-League talent there.
“It’s a complete credit to them on that.
“I went to Crystal Palace for a week and played a behind-closed-doors match against Brentford. That went OK and then I went on trial at Sheffield Wednesday. I played a game at Birmingham City which was last Monday.
“And then last week Tuesday I got made redundant from Bentley Motors and then on the Wednesday, Arsenal came in and I was gobsmacked so took the chance with both hands.
“Drove down on the Wednesday night and then trained on the Thursday and Friday. Then they offered me a deal. My mouth dropped. I looked at my agent and it was a pretty emotional response really.
“I just couldn’t believe it and thought yes.’
Watch the full interview below.