Maxime Colin had an unconventional path to professional football as, rather than being picked up by a professional club at a young age, it took him until he was 18.

The Frenchman started out at Anzin-Saint-Aubin before moving to Arras, Vermelles, Avion before Boulogne, where he made his professional debut.

In contrast, Yoann Barbet was at Bordeaux at the age of 14 and, while he never made a senior appearance for the French side, he did make 75 league appearances for the reserves.

Colin knows his career started slowly but it has certainly picked up since then.

He explained: “I did a lot of teams since I played football. It was always to improve the level. It was a natural choice as it was better than what I was doing so it was natural to move.

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“In France, you arrive at a professional club early. Yoann was there at 12. I arrived late on the professional level.

“I played in the little team before arriving in Boulogne sur Mer. When I was 18 then my career started and it went well and quickly.

“It was slow up until then. It took time but when I got the chance I took it.

“I remember my first professional game. A right back and left back were injured and I played left back.

“I remember this as I never stopped playing with the team. It was an important moment for me. It was an important game although at left back.”

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Colin, therefore, had consider a job outside of professional sport and he went for physiotherapy.

The Brentford full back explained: “I would have been a physio. I did a lot of study, even when I was playing in France so I was training in the morning and in the afternoons I was studying.

“Football was more like a hobby but when I had a chance to sign professionally I gave everything.

“When I was young I wasn’t expecting to be professional. It was a dream but you can’t really catch. When I got the opportunity the dream was made and I kept going.

“I had to stop after changing country. I was playing four years in France. I have done my first year in France.

“I still need two years. Maybe when I finish I will do this. Now I’m not in the country I couldn’t keep up in the study.

“I know my body a bit more because I was studying that. The last year I was injured for half a season but I keep saying I’m not injury prone. If we look at my season, I was never injured. I hope it carries on.”