Dan Ellison’s journey into professional football

Dan Ellison playing for Chippenham Town

SIX years ago Dan Ellison was playing park football for Trowbridge Wanderers, and now he’s been on trial with Sheffield Wednesday.

The young centre-half has recently broken into the Chippenham Town first team, scoring three goals from set pieces.

Championship side Sheffield Wednesday have clearly taken note, and offered the Trowbridge-born player a week long trial, including an appearance for him in a match against Hull City U21s.

Ellison said: “My dream is to be a professional footballer, and it was an offer I couldn’t turn down, and they are a really big club with a great history.

“The whole training ground was a fantastic facility, the intensity of training was really high and the technical side of thing was top tier.”

Sheffield Wednesday beat Hull U21s 5-2, with Ellison looking impressive.

Joe Crann is a journalist for the Sheffield Star and he thinks that Ellison would be a smart coup for the Wednesday youth side.

Joe said: “When you are a side as this level of the game [Championship], teams are looking for players who are a bit younger, and more battle hardened within the men’s game.”

Ellison had spent the first few months of the season on loan at Westbury to provide first team football, and since his call up to the Chippenham first team he has played every game.

He has returned to Chippenham and played in the Bluebirds’ 3-1 defeat against Worthing, but Ellison’s experience in Sheffield will be invaluable.