Arsenal’s new signing, Cohen Bramall, still seems to be in a bit of shock after signing for us and instantly being thrust into first team training.
The full-back was previously with Hednesford Town in the Northern Premier League, earning a part-time wage at the same time as working for Bentley Motors in Crewe.
Oddly enough, just days before signing for the Gunners, Bramall found himself out of work, revealing to the BBC that he’d actually just been made redundant!
“I was working in Crewe for Bentley Motors,” the defender said to BBC Sport.
“I was on the production line, filling up cars with gasses, brake fluid, washer fluid and all that. Day in day out, Monday to Friday, 6.30am until 5.15pm.
“I enjoyed it but when you’re doing those shifts, then training on Tuesday and Thursday, going from Crewe to Birmingham, and playing on Saturday it’s pretty tiring.”
He added, “I got made redundant by Bentley on the Tuesday [20 December], which was crazy because I didn’t know what I was going to do.
“I needed a full-time wage coming in, not a part-time wage from Hednesford, so I started thinking of getting a new job.”
It must be a massive culture shock to go from having to search for a new job to suddenly playing for one of the biggest teams in the world and – I imagine – earning enough that he doesn’t have to seek out that other job any time soon.
The 20-year-old seems level-headed and bright so hopefully it won’t go to his head too much. We have plenty of lads his age in the squad who I’m confident will show him the ropes and help him on his way.