Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Jacob Mellis Bouncing Back from Chelsea Axing at Barnsley

BarnsleyJacob Mellis believes he can rebuild his career at Barnsley following his sacking from Chelsea for a smoke bomb prank.
Mellis was axed from Stamford Bridge for the March incident - which sparked a full scale evacuation of the Cobham training ground.

It was the end of a troubled time in London for a youngster tipped for the top when Chelsea raided Sheffield United to snap him up as 16-year-old.

Mellis returned north in the summer to join Barnsley and proved he is back on track by scoring the winner in their recent 1-0 defeat of Bristol City.

He said: “The thing at Chelsea was just a misunderstanding really.

“I just want to put that behind me and concentrate on my football here. I don’t really think about it anymore.

“My mum said sometimes I got caught up in doing the wrong things in London. Now I feel like I’m doing the right things and hopefully that will show on the pitch.

“She also said it’s funny I’m back up here again, but it’s good. Everyone’s more chilled out up here and I live in the countryside, which is good for me.

“I can focus on what I need to do on the pitch.”

Mellis' career at Chelsea did include a Champions League outing but it ended abruptly in March when he let off the grenade in one of the reserve-team dressing rooms shortly before training.

Owner Roman Abramovich was briefed about the shocking incident and the decision was taken to boot him out of the club.

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