“If you’re prepared for when the opportunity eventually comes you get lucky”
Ex-professional footballer. Jokester. Role model. Player agent. Loving husband. Nature lover. Sean bares all. Sit back and hear his story.
From afar, the world of being a professional football player does indeed look glamorous. In many ways it certainly is, however, it’s what we don’t see where the conundrum and anomalies lie.
For many young boys it is their dream to play a professional sport of some sort. The amount of dives by young boys into thin air, imagining they are saving a penalty in the World Cup Final is innumerable. The truth is that it takes a special type of person to follow through with this journey.
Sean grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and started his career as a goalkeeper at Panorama Soccer Club at 5 years old. Turning professional at 15 years old involves a lot of sacrifice, however, Sean also recalls it as some of the best times in his life.
After relocating to the UK and after his 7th trial at different clubs, many others may have thrown the towel in but he eventually got the nod and call up to sign his first contract with Crystal Palace.
We hear about his career which involved many highs and lows, various clubs, different countries and continents. These were all a culmination of learning curves and experience to help Sean understand what his ‘second skill’ was when he eventually retired from professional sport.
In the Podcast we cover many interesting subjects such as transitioning from professional sport to real life, the glamour of football, training routines, reserve leagues, understanding who your mates really are, injuries, player agents, finances, travel and finding love.
Sean these days can be found in Sea Point, Cape Town, where he is working as a player agent providing advice and support for players when ‘real life’ really begins.
We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
Let’s find out what it means for Sean Roberts, to be Ridiculously Human.
Your fellow beings
Craig and Gareth
Other relevant points discussed and mentioned:
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Maasai Mara migration
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Paarl, South Africa
Sea Point, South Africa
Bafana Bafana, South African National Soccer Team
Working on Super Yachts
Working on Cruise Ships
South African Football League, PSL
SLeague – Football League in Singapore
David Seaman, ex-Goalkeeper Arsenal and England
Rowen Fernandez, ex-South African goalkeeper
Stanton Fredericks, ex-South African midfielder
Gianluigi Buffon, ex-Italian Goalkeeper
Robert Enke, ex-German goalkeeper
Steve Bruce, ex-professional footballer and now football coach
Stuart Baxter – SA coach
Brian Baloyi, ex-South African goalkeeper
Andre Arendse, ex-South African goalkeeper
Alex Ferguson, ex-Man United Coach
Gary Bailey, ex-Goalkeeper and now TV show host
Stacey Roberts, Sean’s wife
Football Clubs Mentioned:
Panorama Football Club, SA
Wits Football Club
Sheffield Wednesday (Owls)
Crystal Palace, FC
Sheffield United (Blades)
Ajax, Cape Town
The Bambuseae Rhythm Section – Check them out here
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