Former team-mate of Jamie Vardy at Sheffield Wednesday explains why The Owls released him

Jamie Vardy

The Leicester City star was considered to slight for the Yorkshire club.

Jamie Vardy’s story is all set for the big screen after his incredible season in the Premier League.

The Leicester City striker broke the consecutive scoring record in the Premier League this season, is a sure thing for the England squad this summer and could end up as a Premier League title winner with The Foxes.

But it is the ‘rags to riches’ story that is so alluring. Vardy was released by Sheffield Wednesday when he was 16-years-old and a former youth team-mate has shed light on the reasons for his departure this week.

Liam Muirhead, Director of Coaching at Spartans FC in Yucaipa, California, USA, was with Vardy at Wednesday and explains the reasons why he and Vardy left the club to this week:

“I was with Vardy from the age of 9 to 15 at Sheffield Wednesday and I left for Leeds United about 6 months before he was let go. We sat on the bench together.

“Me and Jamie Vardy were the smallest on the team at the time. We were very skinny and we were released. But we were still growing - now I’m 6ft 2 ins and Vardy’s about 6ft 1 ins.”

Vardy is still a reasonably slight footballer but there is little doubt Sheffield Wednesday fans will watch on with envy at the form of the England international at the moment.

Muirhead went on to Leeds before heading into a coaching route. Vardy on the other hand played his way up the football ladder with Stockbridge Park Steels, Halifax Town, Fleetwood Town and eventually with Leicester City.

Not bad for a player deemed too skinny for Sheffield Wednesday.

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