Rising singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, whose debut album ‘Lighting Matches‘ reached No.5 in the UK Albums Chart earlier this month, has been offered the chance to make it as a professional footballer with Luton Town Football Club.
The 23-year-old, who spent time at Luton, Northampton Town and Stevenage during his youth career, has been invited to train with the League One club’s first-team in August, in a last ditch attempt to turn him pro.
Tom Grennan has been made our number one artist on the Official English Football League Playlist! Listen to his stunning single ‘Barbed Wire‘ below!
Bedford-born star Tom Grennan was told the news by Radio X DJ Gordon Smart on This Feeling TV.
Gordon Smart said, “Since Peter Crouch, you are the first person on the show who could play international football, with a CV including the likes of Stevenage, Northampton and Luton Town. Do you think you can still do the job if you were called upon?”
Tom Grennan replied, “I don’t know about the whole ninety minutes, but I could be an impact player!”
Gordon Smart: “Ha! The rock n’ roll lifestyle has damaged your fitness. I’ve got something to tell you.
“We got in touch with your old teams and asked to speak to your former coaches to try and get a bit of a coach’s report to see how good you were.
“And it turns out Luton Town, a former club of yours, want to have another look at you.
“They want you to go down and train with the first team. So much so, Mr Grennan, that we’ve got something for you [Gordon hands Tom a Luton Town FC shirt], here you are.
“Grennan number 1, looks like you’re in nets! Check that out.”
Tom Grennan: “Wha-hey! That’s ledge! What would I do if I get called up by the way?”
Gordon Smart: “I don’t know, it’s your choice!”
Tom Grennan: “League One or Glasto?”
Gordon Smart: “Is that the dream then, playing Glastonbury? What are your dreams at the moment? Playing at the Grammys?”
Tom Grennan: “Wembley is on the agenda. I look at Ed Sheeren for example, and he is an unbelievable talent. He is just a normal fella. If I could, I would, and the aim is to do it. Come on Luton Town!”
Luton Town Football Club have confirmed the offer, adding, “It’ll be interesting to find out whether he can still play the right tune with the ball at his feet as well as he can with a guitar in his hands.”
A spokesperson from Luton Town continued, “Luton Town manager Nathan Jones would like to invite Tom Grennan to a training session at The Brache.
“Following a conversation with the producers of Red Stripe Presents: This Feeling TV, who shared Tom Grennan’s respectable footballing CV and wish for one last chance at making it professional, we are more than happy for Tom Grennan to show if he’s still got it on a football pitch.
“Provided he remains ‘Sober‘ and avoids ‘Lighting Matches‘ in the dressing room, then the manager may have ‘Found What We’ve Been Looking For‘ – after all, Tom Grennan’s hit became one of the background tracks to our promotion videos a couple of months ago!
“Either way, it’ll be interesting to find out whether he can still play the right tune with the ball at his feet as well as he can with a guitar in his hands. See you soon, Tom Grennan!”
Despite confirmed slots at Rize Festival and Reading and Leeds Festival in the same month, Tom Grennan and Luton Town confirmed that the training session is pencilled in for August.