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A Reality TV Success Story

About a year ago, a man named Sam Hurrell won a reality competition on News Corp.'s BSkyB television station called Football Icon. It's American Idol for soccer, and the stakes are for a place in Chelsea Football Club's reserves. Manager Jose Mourinho has just rewarded Hurrell with a new 12-month contact, a year after he beat 5,000 other 16-18-year olds for a professional contract with the Blues. "It is important that we have players made in Chelsea for the future of the club," explains Mourinho. "We are looking for another Football Icon boy like Sam. The process is good because you find a natural boy, not coached yet, who you can make into something." Chelsea captain John Terry, ex-Tottenham player Jamie Redknapp, and ex-Chelsea player Eddie Newton are among those who get to scrutinize the players' progress, but the ultimate decision is with Mourinho. Hurrell may be developing nicely following his TV success, but the bad news is he's a left back, a position Chelsea's first team has ample cover for with Ashley Cole and Wayne Bridge. "I've trained with the first team a few times and it's the speed that stands out," Hurrell tells the Daily Mail. "They always seem to have options on the ball and decisions are made at such speed... 10 times quicker than you would imagine." The 18-year old finds out at Christmas if another contract is headed his way.

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