Ciaron Barton has swapped the football for physiotherapy after being released by Championship club Preston North End.
The youngster is now on track for a new career goal after enrolling on a BSc in Physiotherapy at LFE progression partners Manchester Metropolitan University.
Joining the hordes of freshers starting university life in the student capital of the UK, Barton insists he had no regrets about what might have been.
He says: “I was understandably disappointed when I found out I wouldn’t be getting a contract to stay at the club but thankfully other doors have opened for me because I’ve done the Apprenticeship at North End.”
“This is very much an opportunity for me to carve out a new career that may or may not still see me involved in sport.”
The youngster made his decision to apply for the course in May after learning he was not going to be offered a pro contract and quickly set about completing an additional six BTEC units to convert his National Certificate in to a Diploma to meet entrance requirements.
With an invitation from Dean Ramsdale (Head of Youth) to further his practical experience at the club, Barton seems ready for the challenges that lie ahead of him.
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