SINGER Tom Grennan had his dream of becoming a footballer ruthlessly crushed by Luton Town.
Grennan, who shot to fame with his top-five debut album Lighting Matches, played for the Hatters at youth level.
Tom Grennan was told he was too fat to cut it in football by Mick Harford
The Bedford-born star, 23, recently claimed he could still cut it as a footballer — so the League One leaders contacted him to arrange a trial.
But it turned out the singer, whose songs include Found What I’ve Been Looking For, was not what Luton boss Mick Harford was looking for.
Grennan said: “He called me ‘fat’. He said I had a bit of a gut as he patted my belly.”
The entertainer took part in a two-hour training session, including gym work, drills and an actual game.
Red Stripe Tom Grennan swapped singing for a dream trial at Luton
Tom Grennan put his skills to the test with League One leaders Luton
And he said: “It was a good crack but it’s mad how quick the footballers are and how fast the ball moves.
“It was a different level to anything I’m capable of. I played for Luton for a few years when I was about 13.
“The club heard what I’d been saying about being a footballer, so they decided to take a look at me.
“But I’ve not played as much football since my singing and songwriting career took off. You lose match sharpness and the muscles aren’t used to it any more.
Tom Grennan didn’t quite have it in him to snag a Luton contract
“You can see why Luton are doing so well. Loads of my mates are big fans.
“I always look out for their results and it’ll be so wicked to see them back in the Championship if they can get promoted this season.”
Grennan, who has now flown to LA to work on his new album, spent time with star James Collins.
Striker Collins won League One player of the month for January and has now netted 19 goals this season Grennan said: “James is a legend. I’m so happy for him.”
Today Collins is up against the team that he supports — Coventry.
The Coventry-born striker admitted: “Deep down, I’m a Sky Blues fan. I used to be a season-ticket holder with dad.
“I’ve got so many fantastic memories of going to the old Highfield Road ground. I seem to do quite well against them so I’m hoping that is going to continue.
“In a lot of ways, they’re similar to Luton. They have an illustrious history and then had hard times — although we’re doing really well now.”
Tom Grennan tried his luck at a career in football after the swap
Collins thinks Grennan should certainly stick to singing and laughed: “He got nutmegged a few times and was so out of breath by the end.
“But all the lads were pleasantly surprised that he had a few nice touches and even shoulder-barged a couple of them over.”
Collins has been a revelation since deciding to join the Hatters in the summer of 2017 from Crawley.
He helped them win promotion from League Two last season — and is now dreaming of going up again with his side five points clear at the top.
But the striker admits he is lucky to be alive after a car crash eight years ago.
Collins was a passenger in a Range Rover driven by then Aston Villa team-mate and current Sheffield Wednesday star Barry Bannan.
The vehicle hit a central reservation on the M1 in Nottinghamshire after it went out of control.
Collins said: “It was a reality check. I was only young at the time. It is a scary thought to think I could’ve died.
Tom Grennan swapped a mic for a pair of boots for his Luton trial
“But, thankfully, someone was looking down on me. It just makes me so thankful for what I’ve got and motivates me to work hard.
“One thing that has always been constant in my life is that I’ve always worked hard. I’ve a family and have two children. Everything I do now is for them.”
Collins never made the grade at Villa and also played for Darlington, Burton, Shrewsbury, Swindon, Hibernian and Crawley.
At the age of 28, he has not given up hope of playing international football for the Republic of Ireland.He was capped at Under-19 and Under-21 level and qualifies through his parents.
Collins said: “I’ve always been driven to prove myself in the Championship and we are in a great position now.
“Republic of Ireland are struggling for strikers right now so if I can get into the Championship and score goals then I give myself a chance”
*Tom Grennan’s trial was arranged by the producers of online music TV show Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV.
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