David Bytheway.

Wolfsburg sign Englishman - to play FIFA

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English 22-year-old David Bytheway has been signed by German club Wolfsburg.

Not to play football, though. Oh no, instead Bytheway will be hoping to further his career as a professional gamer - yes that really is a thing!

Wolfsburg have recruited the Wolverhampton-based football fan to represent them during official gaming tournaments, where he will be required to wear his new club's kit as he plays.


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The 22-year-old has previously represented England at the 2014 FIFA Interactive World Cup where in a tournament of 1.9 million players, Bytheway managed to reach the final only to be defeated by Denmark’s August Rosenmeier.

The Englishman subsequently received £5,000 in prize money; however, this is his first professional contract.

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Speaking to Newsbeat, he says: "It's absolutely massive for me the fact that a team like Wolfsburg have gotten involved with gaming.

"It was just something I was doing at home to start with, just playing my friends and wanting to be the best out of them, and all of a sudden I'm a part of a football club.

"I wouldn't mind [training with them], but at the moment, I'm still living in sunny Wolverhampton.

"I wouldn't call it a training schedule, but I always try to get in at least four to six games in a day."

Indeed rather than flogging himself with his training like Julian Draxler or Andre Schurrle, Bytheway purposefully steers clear of such intensive regimes.

"You don't want to play too many people because then you give away your secrets," he said. "So you stick between one or two and then you have to wait for them to come online.

"Right now this move is not exactly historic, but in five years time when we look back at this, we'll think, 'Wow they really started something here'.

"Less than a year I hope, before the first Premier League team does this as well."

Looks like it’s time for all of us to quit the day job then!

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