Andrew Redmayne says he was on the brink of signing for Arsenal before his parents’ concerns regarding education meant the deal fell through.
Before moving back to Australia to join the AIS, Mariners, Roar, City and the Wanderers, current Sydney FC shot stopper Redmayne was on trial with Arsenal as a teenager.
Speaking on the Fox Football Podcast, the 31-year-old recently-capped Socceroo opened up on his time with the Premier League heavyweights and how he came ever so close to penning a deal with them — only for his mother to intervene.
“Mum and Dad were very much the academic types,” said Redmayne.
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“There was a contract in front of me and mum pretty much explained that we wanted to think about schooling. Like what would happen and how would I integrate into ATARs over there.
“They said that they’d liaise with us. The Hong Kong 7s tournament was about six months away and they said that’ll be my final trial. So they’d meet me in Hong Kong and then fly to London.
“Mum sent away the flight confirmation details to Hong Kong and they replied that they’d just signed another goalkeeper so my services were no longer required.
“That goalkeeper was (Wojciech) Szczesny.”
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While a senior contract never came to fruition, Redmayne says he learned so much during his spell with the 13-time English top flight champions.
“I never spoke to Arsene (Wenger),” he said
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“But just being in the players lounge alongside the golden era of Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell, (Robin) van Persie, Thierry Henry. Even Mum, who never really knew any of those players, was just in awe.
“Looking out and seeing Thierry Henry doing his rehab just down there before coming up and having his lunch. It was phenomenal.