Mark Wright says he's got 'one last shot' at becoming a pro footballer after quitting reality TV
MARK Wright has revealed he's pursuing a career in football – admitting he has "one last shot" at turning pro.
The former Towie star, 33, said he wrecked his chances as a Tottenham Hotspur youth player by not dedicating his life to the sport.
Speaking to MailOnline, Mark said he turned down an opportunity with non-league side Billericay Town in a bid to focus on a professional club – something he would love to "document" for a TV show.
The Strictly star said: "I would definitely debate pursuing football. Before it's too late that's something I would love to do. I am toying with the idea of having one last shot. I have been thinking about it lately.
"But if I do it, it has to be now because I'm 33. I came away from football too young if you ask me. I ruined my career by my own faults when I was 21 and it's something that has always stuck with me.
"I have definitely been toying with the idea and will review it over the next month and decide if I want to give it a go.
"… the thing I never did was play for the football professional league because I retired too young so if I could go back and give it that one shot and document it for a TV show, that's what I'd want."
The former entertainment host explained that he ruined his chances of turning pro when he got distracted by partying, instead of focusing on his fitness.
Reflecting on that time, Mark, who recently played in charity football match Soccer Aid, told the publication is was "one of his biggest regrets in life".
And while Mark has yet to fulfil his football dreams, his younger brother Josh plays for League 2 side Leyton Orient.
Following his time with Tottenham Hotspur youth squad, Mark joined the inaugural series of The Only Way Is Essex in 2010.
Mark and his relationships with several of his co-stars; Lauren Goodger, whom he dated on-and-off for nine years, Sam Faiers and Lucy Mecklenburgh, entertained viewers for three wonderful seasons.
But he decided to leave the ITVBe favourite in November 2011 to compete in I'm A Celebrity, where he came second to McFly's Dougie Poynter.
Following the jungle, he took his attention on presenting projects which included Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights, Wright off the Beaten Track and Take Me Out spin-off, Take Me Out: The Gossip.
Mark's biggest career move than followed in 2017 when he landed a presenting role on US entertainment series Extra.
The TV star juggled his Heart radio show with Extra until he eventually left in January 2019 to return to the UK with his wife Michelle Keegan.
Since returning to home soil, Mark has continued to present his Heart radio show while also enjoying presenting stints on This Morning, Good Morning Britain and Loose Women.
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