Episode 006-- The Realities of Professional Soccer in the US w/ Jack Blake
This episode I sat down with Jack Blake and discussed his development/path through the Nottingham Forest Academy system from the age of 10 until he was 21. We cover some of the differences of the English Academy system vs. US Youth Development. Jack reveals some of the real-life stories and behind the scenes hardships that come along with being a professional footballer on a day-to-day basis. We get into the nitty-gritty details of what happened to players, families, contracts etc. when the NASL folded. We also talk about Jack's new Youtube Channel, The Life of a Professional Footballer.
A LOT of great insights in this one, you'll definitely want to listen the whole way through!
Jack Blake Bio
Jack is a 23-year-old, English product out of Nottingham. He started in the Nottingham Forest Academy system at the age of 10 and left at 21. He came over to the United States in 2016 where he signed for Minnesota United in NASL then went on to play for the Jacksonville Armada in 2017 where he was named NASL Young Player of the Year. After the NASL folded at the end of the 2017 Season, Jack was sent on loan to USL side, Tampa Bay Rowdies where he currently plays.
Links to Resources
"The Life of a Professional Footballer" Youtube channel--https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVjxXHtg5T0ZXOYPSF2LZWg
Jack Blake on Twitter: @jackblake_18