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A former Everton star will line-up against his boyhood club when the Blues face Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium tomorrow.

Danny Fox, who was released at 19 under David Moyes, spent several years at the academy. He joined Wigan from Nottingham Forest in January.

“It’s funny, I was actually with Liverpool at first and we played Everton in an under 13 match,” Fox explained.

“Mick Docherty and Martin Waldron contacted Liverpool and I made the move across.

“I stayed at Everton until I was almost 19. I got released, but I did a year as a professional under David Moyes and it was really enjoyable.

“I was training with senior guys like David Weir, Alan Stubbs, Duncan Ferguson and Gary Naysmith, so they had a lot of experience in the team at the time.

“It was a shame that I didn’t make it at Everton. It wasn’t meant to be, but I’ve got so many fond memories of playing for Everton as a kid.

“Getting the opportunity to train with the first team was a dream come true.

“It’s definitely had an impact on my career. Training with the likes of Stubbs and Weir who had unbelievable careers at Everton and in Scotland helps. The way they held themselves and the way they were around the club was a great example to follow.

“They were always warm and welcoming with the young lads like myself.

“Ferguson is a hero at Everton and someone who everyone still looks up to, he was nothing but nice to me and that’s something I’ve always been thankful for. I modelled myself on those three players.”

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Imagine training with Big Dunc! (Image: PAUL BARKER/AFP/Getty Images)

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