NEW Mossley striker Raul Correia still has a goal to return to the Football League.
The 24-year-old, released by Blackpool in the summer, still hankers for another opportunity to be a full-time pro.
And the new signing knows that scoring freely for Mossley will enhance his chances of returning to a higher level.
Correia said: “I learned a lot in my time at Blackpool and it helped make me the player I am today.
“When I trained every day at Blackpool you learn things that you don’t at non-league and which I am still able to implement on a Saturday.
“I want to help Mossley win promotion and also win medals playing for them.”
Correia’s move to Mossley came about through the perseverance of joint-manager Dave Wild as they both use the same gym in Stockport.
When Wild discovered Correia was not playing regularly at Radcliffe Borough, Evo-Stik League, west division rivals, he made a move.
“Dave saw my position at Radcliffe and tempted me by offering me the chance to play and prove myself. His perseverance paid off,” he explained.
It has been an eventful journey to Mossley for Correia, both on and off the field.
He was born in Angola before living in Portugal between the ages of three and nine when his family moved to England which became home.
He began playing junior football as a right back and later winger for Signol and Stockport Junior Blues, but his focus was on education as he graduated from the University of Sheffield Hallam with a degree in business financial management.
Correia played football for the university and also non-league for Sheffield FC.
After completing his studies and returning home, Correia signed for Radcliffe Borough where he hit the ground running.
Half way through his debut season his goalscoring exploits attracted the attention of Blackpool who offered him a one-week trial that went so well he was handed an 18-month contract in January 2017.
And that same month he made his first-team debut, starting a Checkatrade Trophy tie against Shrewsbury Town.
It would turn out to be his only first-team appearance for the Seasiders, though he was in the squad for the League Two play-off final when they beat Exeter after extra time.
“I didn’t make the matchday squad but still received a medal and to be part of it was something I will never forget, though it was a shame I didn’t play,” he explained.
Correia spent the whole of last season on loan at Guiseley and York City in National League and National League North respectively before being released by Blackpool in the summer.
He said: “It was a dream to become a pro and I achieved that at Blackpool though I didn’t play enough which was disappointing.
“It was not an easy journey and there have been disappointments. I worked so hard to get to that level and it was not what I expected. It hasn’t put me off and I would love to have another chance to play full-time football.”
In the summer Correia signed for National League side Barrow but after failing to settle rejoined Radcliffe to “get my love back for the game”.
“It didn’t work out as I planned and that is why I went on Dave’s radar and he persuaded me to join Mossley,” he said.