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James Hardy thriving at Man City after Oldham rejection

James Hardy is grateful to Manchester City for his second chance in the game.

City snapped up the midfielder after he was released by Oldham Athletic.

"I was signed at Oldham when I was nine and then I got released in October in 2011," Hardy recalled to City's website.

"I then had a trial for the City development team in December and then another trial in January this year - I played a couple of games and then in May they signed me - it was quite a long trial but I was just so pleased to sign."

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