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Craig Rocastle discusses joining Chelsea from non-league

Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Rocastle has spoken of how he landed at Stamford Bridge.

Rocastle followed in his late cousin David's footsteps into the English top-flight by signing for Chelsea.

A combative central midfielder, his career started at Gravesend and Northfleet (now Ebbsfleet United) before he moved to Isthmian League side Kingstonian, where Steve Sedgley, once of Tottenham, was the manager.

"My whole aim was to be a full-time professional, but the way it came about was quite strange," he told chelseafc.com.

"I was at Kingstonian, and Coventry called me up for a two-week trial when Gary McAllister was their manager.

"It was the last game of the season for the reserve team and it was against Chelsea. I played for Coventry but had to come off after about 70 minutes after I took a ball to the face. I went home and got a call from Chelsea asking me to come in the next Monday. It all started there.

"It was magical. What more could you ask for: being a first-time pro at one of the biggest clubs in the world, surrounded by top-class professionals.

"I got into the first team squad, and I remember Eidur Gudjohnsen saying, 'We have a new Rocky in the building'. It was a proud moment for me."

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