University graduate Raul Correia is determined to make the grade in professional football following his loan move from Blackpool to York City.

The 24-year-old striker made his City debut during Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Bradford Park Avenue, having only managed one appearance for the Tangarines – in the Football League Trophy – a year after his arrival from Evo-Stik League outfit Radcliffe Borough. Before his move to Blackpool, Correia had been working at a bank, but has no intention of dropping back out of full-time football and is to prove his worth at Bootham Crescent.

“I came over from Portugal when I was nine and didn’t really decide to take football seriously until then,” he explained. “But I didn’t have any trials with clubs or anything, because my parents wanted me to focus on my education, which is important, as you can’t really rely on football for a living and it’s always good to have something to fall back on.

“I diverted away from football and went to Sheffield Hallam University to get a degree in business finance management. Then, after uni, I thought let’s give it one last go and see what happens.

“I went into the semi-pro game at Radcliffe and worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland, which wasn’t easy balancing football and work, but you have to make sacrifices in life. I scored 11 goals in 22 games and, then, Blackpool came in for me and now I’m looking to work my way up again.”

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