Devonte Redmond is ready to grasp the chance to shine at Wrexham with both hands after fearing he might be on the football scrapheap at 21.
Twelve months ago Redmond was attempting to make the grade at Shrewsbury, who offered the playmaker a trial after his release from Manchester United.
Nothing came of the trial, despite Redmond believing he’d done enough to be offered a deal, and the youngster was about to embark on seven months out of the game.
“It was difficult because it’s the first time I’ve been in that situation and I didn’t expect to be out of the game for that long,” said Redmond, who returned to football with Salford at the end of January.
“I had to carry on going and do my own thing in the time I was without a club and it paid off.
“I had a personal trainer, so it was hard, but once I got with him it was easier as he got my head straight.
“Obviously the deal with Salford then came about.
“There were times when I thought it might not come around.”