I used to work with his Dad over in Melton Mowbray when Paul would have been about 15/16 and was in the system at West Brom. I remember when West Brom told him that he was being released his Dad (knowing I was a Mansfield fan) asked me to get in touch with Mansfield to ask for a trial. I/we wrote twice but never got a response and after a few unsuccessful trials elsewhere he thought he was going to have to give it up, then Hull asked him up for a trial and offered him a deal, and then he signed for Liverpool within a season or two. I'm fairly sure I bemoaned it on here at the time.
Controlled & Clueless. If this is the big life, well I ain't looking to live it.