Burnley College student Marko Marosi has experienced the highs and lows of football this week, but hopes his season ends on a positive note.
The 18-year-old is enjoying an extended trial with Wigan Athletic, and was at Wembley on Saturday to witness the club beat Manchester City to win the FA Cup for the first time in their history.
Three days later, Latics were relegated from the Premier League after eight seasons at that level, following a 4-1 reverse at Arsenal.
However, Marosi hopes there will be good news regarding a first professional contract with the club, after impressing following a recommendation from former Wigan defender Barry Knowles, head coach at Burnley College Football Academy.
The Advanced level Public Services student said: “Five months ago I was playing for college and Barnoldswick Town, but I went on trial at Wigan, they liked me, and asked me to stay until the end of the season.
“We’ll see how it goes, hopefully I can get a contract, but I’ve improved so much there under the goalkeeping coach Iñaki Bergara - he’s the best coach I’ve ever had.
“He’s helped my mental strength and what he calls a clean sheet mentality.”
Marko, born in Slovakia, has also been monitored by his national coaches, who have scouted him at Wigan, and the futute looks bright: “It would be great to stay at Wigan, but if not, it’s been a great experience, I’ve trained with the first team, been to Tenerife winter training, and obviously we were all at Wembley on Saturday for the cup final.”
And he looked back on one of the big upsets: “It was a brilliant day and the atmosphere was superb - I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the lads to lift the cup, it was unbelievable.”