Leeds United goalkeeper Charlie Horton has revealed to NBC Sports what he told his mom before making a return to England.
The youngster initially arrived in England aged 18 when he signed for Peterborough United. Chelsea’s Head Scout of the Americas at the time, Jorge Alvial, persuaded him to move across the Atlantic and travel over 4000 miles.
Horton, who was turned down by Manchester United because he was too small at the time, turned out for Cardiff City before joining West Yorkshire outfit Leeds earlier this week on a two-year contract.
The 20-year-old was born in London but moved to Ohio in the United States at the age of nine.
The youngster has now revealed what he told his mom before returning to England to fulfil his dream of playing professional football.
“‘If I don’t go, I am going to regret this for the rest of my life,'” Horton told NBC Sports. “At 18 I was willing to make a decision where I was not going to settle for having any kind of regret.
“I am in an industry where I have to rely on my body and hopefully will do for 20 years. I can go back to University whenever and rely on my mind for far longer. At the end of the day it was: ‘live life with no regrets and grab the opportunity with both hands.’”
Horton’s time in England has not exactly gone to plan, as he has yet to establish himself as a major goalkeeper.
The American joined Cardiff City from League One outfit Peterborough in 2014, but he failed to make an appearance for the Welsh club.
The USA Under-23 international will have to fight with Marco Silvestri for the goalkeeping spot in the Leeds first team next season.