AFC Fylde winger Ben Tollitt has been studying to become a physio.
The former Tranmere Rovers and Portsmouth player is Fylde’s leading scorer in all competitions this season and has been rejuvenated since his arrival.
Away from his on-field exploits, the 26-year-old has been busy expanding his skill set.
He said as part of an extended interview with this site: “It was just something that I thought about when I was injured myself. I’d never had an injury before, and then I did my ACL, and obviously I had a lot of time out.
“I learned a lot just by being injured, looking at what the physios were doing, and I just found it dead interesting. So it’s sort of been on my mind for a few years, and when the first lockdown happened, nobody really had much to do, so I just thought ‘why not give it a go?’
“I enquired about it through the PFA, and after speaking to them and the people at Salford Uni, it really stood out and I just thought it was the perfect time, with all that’s going on, to keep myself occupied. Not so much planning for after footy, because at the end of the day, I’m only in my mid-20s, I’ve not even been playing five years professionally.
“It’s just because of the time we’re in, and at least then whenever I do stop playing, I’ve got a back-up option to fall back on.”