A FORGOTTEN team-mate of David Beckham has insisted he is not jealous of his career as he now works in oil and gas.
Alex Notman, 43, spent time with Beckham during a spell at Manchester United during his footballing career.
The former striker began his career at Old Trafford and made one appearance for the club alongside Beckham in a League Cup clash against Tottenham.
The Scotsman had loan spells at Aberdeen and Sheffield United and left United permanently in 2000.
He moved to Norwich City for a reported fee of £250,000,
However, Notman was forced to retire from professional football at just 23 years old due to injury in 2003.
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The Scotsman continued to play but in non-league football at clubs such as Kings Lynn and Wroxham.
While his former team-mate Beckham went on to enjoy a glittering football career at the likes of Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and PSG.
However, he holds no jealousy towards his former Man United team-mates.
Notman told The Times: "I’ve never felt jealous towards anyone who has done well in the game.
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"I did believe that if I had kept playing for Norwich, I would eventually have got a Scotland cap.
"When I was told my career was over, of course, I was devastated."
Notman has still found joy in his work as he now works in oil and gas, which sees him travel around the world.
Speaking about his new career, Notman said: "I basically produce test packs for guys to use when looking for leaks in pipes offshore.
"It takes me all over the place, back in Norwich at the moment. I have been doing it for 15 years, I have been in Spain, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan. It’s been a bit of a change, but I enjoy it.
"Not as much as I enjoyed football, but I’ve been lucky. It’s given me a good life."
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