Michelle Keegan is set to become WAG after her husband, Mark Wright, confirmed he was pursuing a career in professional football.
The 33-year-old presenter told MailOnline he had ‘one last chance’ to turn pro after admitting he wasted his chances as a young Tottenham Hotspur player by not devoting his life to sport .
In an exclusive interview, Mark reveals he has turned down an approach from the non-league side of Billericay Town and is aiming for a transfer to a club on the higher end of the football spectrum – and wants to document his journey on a TV show .
‘I’m playing with the idea’: Michelle Keegan set to become a WAG after husband Mark Wright confirms he is pursuing a career in professional football
Mark, whose younger brother Josh plays for Ligue 2 club Leyton Orient, said: “I am certainly debating the continuation of football. Before it’s too late, this is something I would like to do.
“I’m playing with the idea of having one last shot. I’ve been thinking about it lately. But if I do, it must be now because I’m 33.
“I came out of football too young if you ask me. I wasted my career with my own mistakes when I was 21 and that’s something that has always marked me.
“I really played around with the idea and I’m going to review it next month and decide if I want to give it a try.
Dream: The presenter said he had ‘one last chance’ to turn pro after admitting he wasted his chances as a young player at Tottenham Hotspur by not devoting his life to sport
“I was asked to go to Billericay Town, but if I think if I had to do it Billericay is a great club, but if I did, I would play for the professional leagues because that would be the goal.
“I played at Billericay for a while when I was young, but what I never did was play for the professional football league because I retired too young, so if i could go back and give it a chance and document it for a tv show. , that’s what I would like.
Mark, who married actress Michelle, 33, in 2015, said his dream of becoming a professional footballer was in tatters after he started partying in clubs, instead of staying attached to his fitness.
Now, after launching her career on TOWIE, the star has said that not reaching her full potential on the pitch is one of her biggest regrets in life.
‘It ruined my career’: Mark said his dream of becoming a professional footballer was in tatters after he started partying in clubs, instead of staying attached to his fitness (pictured in 2011)
He continued: “I was flying when I was at Tottenham as a young team player and I was pushing to play in the first team, but I left one summer and I didn’t train and took my foot of the accelerator.
“I went back to training and was overweight and unfit. I was out of shape and not the player I once was and I lost my confidence which ruined my career.
“I’m so motivated now that I remember that moment and what I did and I don’t want that to happen again. “
Mark launched his career as a presenter in the United States by playing alongside Mario Lopez on the television show Extra.
He left the role after two years in 2019 to return to the UK and spend more time with his wife Michelle.
‘I miss home too much’: Mark, who married actress Michelle Keegan in 2015, hopes to continue her career in the United States, but vows not to relocate permanently due to missing family
But Mark is still hoping to land more work in the United States, even though he is now against a move there for good.
He said: “I would still love to work in America but I wouldn’t want to live there again.
“If I had to do a show in America, I would like it to be a series, so it’s coming and a few months ago.
“I love Los Angeles so much and I love the American audience. I don’t want to live there anymore because I miss the house so much, but I would definitely work there again.
Happy: Mark launched his career as a presenter in the United States playing alongside Mario Lopez on the TV show Extra, but moved home after two years to spend more time with his wife, Michelle
Mark has teamed up with the mobile game Candy Crush to launch his very first tournament, where he will pose challenges and appear as a character in the saga.
Capital Breakfast host Roman Kemp is expected to host the tournament while Laura Whitmore and Alesha Dixon will be joined by Rachel Riley, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Mark as “Celebrity Scouts”.
The final will take place on October 13, and the winner will take home the title of the country’s best crusher.
Mark explained, “Everyone loves Candy Crush, I’ve always loved it, my mom plays it, my stepmom, my whole family plays it.
“My commitment is that I will pose the challenges to the players and we are helping to get the message out so that as many people as possible are involved. It’s a big time for Candy Crush players and a really smart idea on their part.
The Candy Crush Saga All Stars Tournament is happening NOW and the hunt is on to find the best crusher in the land. To participate in a host of celebrity challenges in the game of Mark Wright, Alesha Dixon and more, download the app
“Everyone Loves Him”: Mark has teamed up with the mobile game Candy Crush to launch his very first tournament, where he will pose challenges and appear as a character in the saga