Morecambe midfielder Alex Kenyon went back to school this week to hand out advice to those hoping to follow in his footsteps.
The 21-year-old, who has impressed since joining the Shrimps from Stockport County in the summer, returned to Myerscough College on Tuesday to talk to students.
A former Everton trainee, Kenyon studied a BTEC Diploma in Football Studies before eventually graduating with a Foundation Degree in Football Coaching in 2012.
He played for home-town club Chorley and Lancaster City during his studies with his performances at Giant Axe earning him a move to County.
Kenyon said: “I always wanted to be a pro and although my friends and family were sceptical, in my head there wasn’t going to be another option.
“My studies here allowed me to continue playing which was perfect for me.
“My qualifications now give me something to fall back on outside of being a professional player, in coaching or another area of the game.
“Lots of people want to be a footballer for a living, so my advice would be to be totally dedicated to what you want to achieve.
“I sacrificed things to make sure I was where I wanted to be.
“Stick with it. Don’t give up, back yourself. I love being a pro, it’s everything I thought it would be.
“I’m playing much more than I thought I would and hopefully I can push on even further.”
Phil Brown, Head of the Myerscough College Football Academy, said: “Alex was a model student here and it’s great to see him back.
“He had a clear goal but didn’t shirk his academic responsibilities.
“I’m chuffed he’s where he is and hopefully he will have a long, successful career in the game.”