Brighton winger Solly March has described a failed Newcastle trial during the early stages of his career as a 'blessing in disguise'
Whilst playing for Lewes' Under-18's side, March was invited to train with the north east club, with his dad and agent travelling with him. However, a combination of illness and nerves meant the trial didn't go to plan.
However, that failure inadvertently paved the way for the now 24-year-old to join Brighton's academy side.
March said: "I was just playing for Lewes and the school. There was contact and talks of getting somewhere and clubs interested. I travelled up with my dad and Rob [agent Robert Codner]. We got the train up.
"It was a long journey and then I just ended up coming home. I was ill. Maybe it was nerves, probably a lot of things played a part. I got to the training ground, just about. I watched training. I wasn’t in a state to train so I thought I had better not, it’s not going to make me look good.
"We called it a day and went back home. It has worked out now, so maybe it was a little blessing in disguise."
March has since gone on to make 133 for Brighton having previously represented the Seagulls' Under-18 side, and provided three assists to help the club to safety in their debut season in the Premier League in 2017/18.