Did you know we have a former goal machine in our ranks?
As part of the 2019 Maxi Development Scheme I’ve been speaking to one of this year’s participants, Kieron Colgan, and his experiences as a promising football star and his journey through Maxi Haulage.
When did you first start playing football?
I first joined team when I was 4 years old in my home town of Coatbridge. I was actually too young to play at the time so was only allowed to train.
When did you realise you had potential to be successful in football?
About the age of 10 I started getting offers from several professional clubs in Scotland. I played briefly with St Mirren before joining Dundee Utd aged 13. That season I scored 118 goals! I left school at 16 to sign my first professional contract with Dundee Utd. It wasn’t exactly the glamorous lifestyle you expect from a footballer, in my first year I was earning a measly £390 per month. I did get sponsored by my dad’s local pub £200 a year to buy football boots however.
What was the best thing about being a footballer?
Just being able to do your favourite thing as your job. Whilst my mates were apprentice electricians or plumbers, I was getting up every saturday to put a pair of boots on and play football
How did you react to being let go?
I had about a year left on my contract when I was told it would not be renewed. In January we went for a 2 week training camp in Turkey and left the club not long after that. Everything I had done in my life up to that was towards football. One minute I was a professional player living my dream, the next I was unemployed, so it was certainly a shock to the system.
Was it difficult coming back to the real world?
I didn’t really know what the real world was. I’d always assumed I’d always be playing football so didn’t really spend much attention in school or give any thought to a fall back plan. I was unemployed for 6 or 7 months and spent most of my time in the pub. In fact I was that good a customer I ended up getting a job there.
How did you get come about joining maxi haulage?
I’d been working as a warehouseman at a large supermarket chain. Around 2 and a half years ago I came across Maxi advertising online and was offered a job as a trainee transport operator at the Bellshill depot. I worked closely with John Kelly who’s been a great inspiration to me and really helped me learn and progress in my time here.
What are your thoughts on the development scheme?
I applied for the scheme last year but was unsuccessful. However, I tried again for the class of 2019 and have totally embraced the opportunity. I’m enjoying learning more about the industry, about maxi and more importantly more about myself.
Not at all. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve lived my dream even if it only was brief. My experience playing football has shaped who I am now and I hold many special memories.
Looking forward to the future?
I’m enjoying my current position with Maxi and I’m looking to develop through the company and see where it takes me.