Last week, Inverness Caledonian Thistle confirmed the signing of former Inter Milan youngster Ben Greenhalgh, who earned a contract with the Italian giants through the Sky 1 television show Football's Next Star.
But what has become of the other members of the show? Also, have those who won the show's predecessor, Football Icon, enjoyed success?
Winner of the first series of Football Icon, Hurell earned a 12-month extension to his obligatory six-month contract following the show, but failed to break into the first team and was released following the expiration of his contract. He took in spells at semi-professional sides St Albans City, Welling United, Worthing, Woking, Boreham Wood and American side New Orleans Jesters, who play in American soccer's fourth tier. He has now quit playing and moved into coaching at the age of 24.
Series Two of Football Icon was won by former Leeds United academy member Carl Magnay. The centre-back also never made an appearance for the Blues but did get first-team action during loan spells at Milton Keynes Dons and Northampton Town in 2009. Magnay suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during 2010 and was subsequently released by Chelsea, although he continued training with them until 2012. He is currently plying his trade with Blue Sqaure Bet Premier side Gateshead, making 36 appearances last season.
Forward Ademola was runner-up to the victorious Magnay but has still forged a relatively successful career. He has played for Brentford, Woking and Dover Athletic among other clubs, though his most prolific spell came with Blue Square Bet South side Eastleigh, averaging a more than a goal every two games. He is now still at Dover.
Greenhalgh, now 24, did not have his six-month spell with Italian side Inter Milan extended following his success in Football's Next Star and consequently joined Isthmian Premier League outift Maidstone United. However, the winger was recently snared by SPL giants Inverness Caledonian Thistle, managed by former England captain Terry Butcher, where he hope to live up to the potential he has shown during the TV series.
20-year-old Smith is playing for npower Championship side Watford at present. He has made seven appearances for the first team and enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Wealdstone. The midfielder is widely considered to be the greatest success story of the series, having impressed in his few appearances for Gianfranco Zola's side, but was only runner-up to Greenhalgh.
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