This was never the plan. Since signing for Chelsea at the age of seven, Bradley Simmonds’ goal was to become an elite-level footballer. Yet his body let him down. When he was 16, Simmonds tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and spent a year on the sidelines. After a period of rehabilitation, he moved to Iceland, playing with David James in the Europa League. Then he broke his ankle in three places. The dream was over.
“I could have come back again and risen up to play in League One, but that wasn’t my ambition. My ambition was to reach the top,” he says. Undeterred, Simmonds turned the disappointment of injury into an opportunity, starting over to chase success in a different field.
“Coming back from my ACL injury, I learned about strength and conditioning,”