From honing his skills at Everton's former Academy training complex in Netherton to the European Championship, Stoke City and Wales goalkeeper Adam Davies talks us through his football journey in the latest episode of our Bred a Blue podcast series.
Davies is currently preparing for his nation’s Euro 2020 last-16 clash against Denmark but he took time out to reflect on his Everton Academy days and his subsequent professional career.
He first walked through the gates of the Academy training centre at Netherton when he was 14 years old and progressed through the ranks to the Under-23s.
Davies also trained with the First Team and travelled to the USA on a pre-season tour. And while he never made a competitive senior appearance for the Blues, Davies showed great determination and mental strength to carve out a career for himself with Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and his current club Stoke City.
And, of course, along the way he became an international footballer with Wales.
“I made my debut against Trinidad & Tobago and I knew I’d be coming on at half-time. I’d watched international football growing up and to play for Wales was something I dreamed of as a kid. I was super proud for all my family and I just embraced it.”
Adam Davies is a perfect example of someone who bounced back and during his Bred a Blue conversation he also reveals the current Championship defender who was once a goalkeeping rival at Everton’s Academy, thanks Tim Howard for his input and tells of the trials and tribulations he went through to finally achieve his dream.