Harry Kewell suggests why Nicky Bryne didn't make it at Leeds United

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The Westlife singer was with Leeds as a teenager.

It is one of those lesser known tales of football that one of the members of Irish band Westlife could have been a professional footballer had things panned out differently.

Nicky Bryne, like Ian Harte and Gary Kelly, came over to play for Leeds United from Irish side Home Farm. He was with the club for two years and was part of the FA Youth Cup winning squad of 1997.

He left the club that same summer, heading back to Ireland and joining Shelbourne but it was not his football career that took off. Instead he joined Westlife and went on to dominate the UK charts.

One man who was in the youth team along with Bryne was Harry Kewell. The Australian, who is now widely unpopular at Elland Road after he joined Galatasaray later in his career, was on Sky Sports Soccer AM programme yesterday and the subject of Bryne came up.

He spoke about his old team-mate and suggested why he didn't make it:

"I did [room with him]. He was actually not a bad keeper. He was just a little bit small but he was very lively. We used to always ask the question, especially in the digs and all that. He would always sing. So we would say 'why are you playing football when you can actually sing?'

"Fair enough he didn't get offered the next year and two weeks later we heard he had joined one of the biggest boybands in the world."

Bryne, who is now a regular on the charity football match circuit, may regret never making it as a pro footballer but he has certainly made up for it in his music career.

Even if you aren't a fan of Westlife, you can't deny their success.

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