From Premier League glory to the 12th tier of English football, a host of former PL players have joined the ranks of Non League side Egerton FC in a remarkable story.

Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel is currently the player-manager of the Cheshire League One leaders and has used his extensive contacts book to get a number of high profile names in the squad.

Another former Premier League player who has graced the Premier League in years gone by is former West Brom striker Nathan Ellington, who made 68 appearances for the Baggies.

Ellington had been out of the game since 2013, but has returned to join Egerton.

Emile Heskey could well be Egerton FC's next big signing, with the former Liverpool, Leicester and Aston Villa striker in training with the 12th tier side.

Former Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce is also training with the club, as well as former Manchester United and Portsmouth striker Danny Webber.

In an interview with BBC Sport, former Aston Villa defender Jlloyd Samuel spoke about the inspiration behind his move to the Cheshire League:

"The team were shocked when I said I would play. Sometimes I think I am crazy.

"I play on pitches that I have not played on since I was 12. There was one where it was raining like crazy, a proper mudbath. I was thinking 'what am I doing here?' But I just still love playing."

With an impressive 271 Premier League appearances between them, this group of former full-time professionals will be looking to lead Egerton to the title.

Not to mention the fact that another former Premier League midfielder is the club's under-12 coach.

We hope to see Egerton in the football league sooner rather than later.

Featured image: BBC Sport

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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