"No matter how well you've done in the past, you can't take your foot off the gas, you've got to give it everything if you want to get right to the top..."
Interview with Northern Ireland & Sunderland defender Daniel Ballard. Daniel came up through the Arsenal academy and has also represented Blackpool, Swindon Town and Millwall FC.
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You believe could get selected by a pro club, if only they were stronger, faster, fitter or suffered less injuries.
Has trials coming up and wants to be in the best shape and form possible.
Has been released by a pro club for reasons related to their physicality or fitness.
Is currently at a pro club, but underperforming and at risk of being released.
Is currently at a pro club and playing well, but looking to gain an edge.
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