What to do after being released? Here is Jamie Vardy's story...

Have you ever been released from a football club? Well no need to worry, so was Jamie Vardy. Jamie Vardy got released from Sheffield Wednesday FC when he was 16 years old and now he is playing for Premier League Champions, Leicester City FC. Your football career has only just started! Did you know that Soccer Smart can help you get a club in the UK as well as abroad? You can learn how to get a soccer scholarship in USA from the United Kingdom. So if it’s staying in the UK like Jamie Vardy or going to America and progressing like Luke Mulholland, Soccer Smart would be the smart choice for you! (We can also help you get a club in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Gibraltar and Canada!)

In this blog we are going to find out what steps Jamie Vardy took from being released, to where he is now. 

As soon as Vardy got released from Sheffield Wednesday FC he joined Stocksbridge Park Steels FC in their youth system. From the youth set up, he made his way through the reserves and made his first team debut in 2007. One thing that Vardy had was a passion for football. After getting released, he didn’t just give up, he had the mentality to carry on playing football and wanted to prove himself as a player at Stocksbridge Park Steels FC which would hopefully get his name known and bring opportunities for him to progress further! 


In June 2010, he signed for FC Halifax Town. Within his first season at the club, Vardy was the top goal scorer with 26 goals and he also got the player’s player of the season award. 

A year and a half later he signed for Conference Premier Side, Fleetwood Town. He won yet another award, the Conference Premier Player of the month award in November. Vardy got 31 league goals that season and helped Fleetwood town get their first ever promotion to the Football League. He also was the top scorer in the Conference Premier! 

Did you know that Blackpool manager Ian Holloway wanted Vardy and offered Fleetwood £750,000 for him? Fleetwood declined as they wanted £1million for Vardy and a loan back to the club!

In May 2012, Vardy signed for Leicester City for £1million, which could be worth £1.7million with add-ons . Vardy wanted to quit football after his first season at Leicester as he lost his form and got some stick from Leicester City fans on social media. 

In the 2013-14 season Vardy found his form and got 16 league goals which helped Leicester City win the Championship, getting promoted to the Premier League and he also got named Leicester’s Player’s Player of the season award! 

In the 2014-15 season, Vardy got nominated for Premier League Player of the Month in April and helped Leicester City finish 14th in the Premier League. 


In the 2015-16 season, Vardy got Premier League Player of the Month in October & November . The fifth ever player to win the award in consecutive months. He then beat Van Nistelrooy’s record by scoring in 11 consecutive games. Vardy is in the PFA Team of the Year and helped Leicester City FC WIN the Premier League! Lets not forget to mention he is also playing for England!

Is it all about the money?

If football is your priority and not money, the money will soon enough come. Jamie Vardy started on £30 a week for playing for Stocksbridge Park FC . He also had to work 12 hour shifts in a factory! His wages at Leicester City have recently doubled from £40,000 to £80,000 per week! He now gets paid 2,667 times more money than what he did when he started! £79,970 more to be exact! PER WEEK! Plenty of money for Jamie Vardy's Parties! 

Not quite got where you want to be in football? Don't quit, Vardy didn't and look where he is now! Soccer Smart can help you if you have recently been released or haven't quite made it to where you want to be. UK or abroad, we can help! Sign up for our next trail at by clicking HERE

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