My career journey has been somewhat unorthodox. In the late 1980s, during my time doing A-levels, I started playing for my local football league team Grimsby Town. I was given the opportunity to go on to be a professional footballer for the Mariners, who had made a return to the second division. I played at the club for two seasons before the manager spotted my potential (as a lawyer) and did not renew my contract.
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