Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson says new signing Sean McGinty has the chance to get his career back on track.
The 22-year-old defender started out at Manchester United, playing in the same youth side as France’s Paul Pogba.
He was the last player to be released by Sir Alex Ferguson after being sent back from a loan spell at Tranmere for failing to turn up to training.
“Now’s the time for him to settle down and get himself back to the level that we know he can be at,” Nicholson said.
“He had a fantastic start to his career, getting a move to United, but he went off the rails there a bit by his own admission.”
The centre-back has joined the National League club on a free transfer, having spent last season with Aldershot Town.
Sean McGinty played twice for Northampton Town on loan in January 2014
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international moved to Manchester United from Charlton’s academy in 2009 and was loaned to four different clubs before being released by the Red Devils in 2013.
He then signed for Sheffield United, but made just three appearances before bring loaned out to Northampton and Rochdale, for whom he signed for the following summer.
He failed to make a single appearances for Rochdale and joined Aldershot on loan, before making the move permanent last July.
“He’s another one that there’s a hell of a lot more to come from, and if we can get it out of him we’re on to a real good thing,” player-manager Nicholson told BBC Sport.
“If they do well, if they play well and work hard every day, then their value for themselves, and for Torquay United will go up.
“But the most important thing is doing right by themselves and doing right by the rest of the lads so that we have a good season.”