Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Danny Jones's footballing dreams

Danny Jones would like to be a footballer

McFly's Danny Jones has said he would give up his pop career to become a footballer.

Danny was given the choice of choosing between football or music when he was 16, but would love to balance both careers now in an instant if he could.

"That would be amazing, because I've done it now, done McFly," he said about the prospect of being a footballer, before adding: "No, there's loads to do in McFly, but what I would say is I'd love to be a footballer in the day and pop star at night."

The 24-year-old continued: "[I've] always, always wanted to be a footballer. It was either football or music, so I had to take one of them.

"It was funny because when I was 16, I was obviously doing my guitar stuff but I'd just signed for a semi-pro team, football, and I was like 'Oh God, I've got to [choose]', and I'd just got offered a trial at Birmingham City by Trevor Francis. So I missed out on all that to come down to London and work on Project McFly."

But Danny got a chance to follow his dream when he played for Soccer Aid.

"I actually got a taster of being a footballer when we did Soccer Aid - we stayed at a Chelsea hotel, got the full England kit, and got to mix with the Sheringhams and the Shearers and Ian Rush," he recalled.

"It was like 'Wow, I feel like a footballer'," he added.

:: The full interview with Danny will air on Absolute Radio's Rock N'Roll Football on September 11 - on DAB Digital Radio, 1215AM and online in the UK. For more go to http://bit.ly/ArsenalvsBolton.

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