He had a taste of the pro game earlier in his career - and Josh Castiglione has not given up on getting back there one day.
A one-club man who came through the ranks at Royston Town, midfielder Castiglione had a trial with Swindon Town just before he broke through to the Crows’ first team four years ago.
Things didn’t work out at the County Ground, and Castiglione instead returned to Garden Walk, helping Royston win promotion to the Southern Premier.
He recently passed 150 first team games for the Crows, but he still has ambitions to play as high as he can, whether that’s with Royston or elsewhere.
“It was a big disappointment not making it at Swindon, but I never had any thoughts about giving up as football for has always been a passion of mine and I love it,” he said.
“I was there for six months with their U18s with a view to getting a pro deal, and at the end, I had a chat with the first team manager and U18s manager. They said they were impressed but just didn’t have that final cutting edge they were looking for.
“It was a big hit to take but I’ve got nothing against them. They gave me an opportunity, and whether they made a wrong decision or I didn’t fulfil my potential of how I think I can play, nobody will ever know.
“It was home time from then on really. It does hurt when you get told no, but you can’t dwell in it or sulk. You’ve got to get on with it and take your next opportunity with both hands.
“I had to knuckle down and find a semi-pro club. Royston took me on and I’ve not looked back. I’ve had great success with them, and I’m proud of what I’ve done here, but I don’t want to stop there.
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