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Sunderland keeper Mignolet: Midfielder ambitions almost ended career!

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet admits he almost didn't make it in the game - because he was determined to be a midfielder!

Mignolet's path to the Premier League is an unusual one.

He revealed to the Sunday Sun: "I was a central midfielder when I was young, but I was released because I was not really quick enough.

"To be fair, they were right - I was not quick enough. I had a growth spurt - I turned really big really quickly - and I just lost all my pace.

"I was released, then had a trial with a Championship club and they rejected me too.

"At that stage it did not look like football was the answer, so I told my dad 'I want to be a goalie'.

"I played for my local Sunday team, just for fun really, and within a year my first team decided to scout me again.

"They signed me - one year later I was playing for Belgium under-17s and a year later I was in the first team.

"It is crazy really - but I think I made the right decision."

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