Tyrone Mings says his unconventional journey into professional football has made him “humble and hungry” as he now eyes promotion to the Premier League.
Mings was released by Southampton at the age of 16, unable to get a job at One Stop and then had a stint washing up and pulling pints in the White Hart pub near Chippenham.
After that he became a mortgage advisor before a successful trial at Ipswich Town launched him on a path that now sees him join us on loan until the end of the season.
Mings says that background has made him the player and person he is today as he looks to help us back to the top-flight.
The 25-year-old believes the club are in a “very healthy” position to challenge as the season concludes.
He told Club TV: “I am humble and hungry. My journey into professional football has given me a great grounding and you learn to take both the highs and lows with a pinch of salt.
“While I say coming up to Deadline Day is really stressful, there are other stresses that far outweigh being involved in a Deadline Day.
“It makes you much more appreciative. You know what life can be like without football. It’s every boy’s dream to play football so when you have that opportunity you take the highs with the lows and just enjoy the ride.
“I think it’s an exciting time to be at this club. I spoke to the gaffer and the chance to work with him and his coaching staff was a big factor. Where the club is and what they’re trying to do was a massive draw for me to come and be part. It seemed like a great fit for the club and for myself. Hopefully we can both have success.
“I think we’re in a very favourable position. I have been in the position at Ipswich where you’re at the top all along and then we nearly fell out of the Play-Off spots. We lost on the final day of the season to Blackburn but other results meant we stayed in the top six.
“I think if you’re outside of the Play-Offs and you make a late charge at it, you potentially go under the radar.
“As long as we look after our own results and not worry too much about what other clubs are doing, I think it will take care of itself.
“But I look at our position in the league and think it’s a very healthy one.”