IN the summer of 2014, Tom Broadbent served a tour of duty in the British Army in Afghanistan. On one occasion, the armoured vehicle in which he was travelling came under enemy fire. Three years on, Broadbent left the Army in September 2017 and is now a central defender with Sky Bet League One club Bristol Rovers.
In a video interview with EFL title sponsors Sky Bet, Broadbent talks about the positive effect that the Army had on him, the realisation that he was going to war, as well as the comparisons and the differences between life in the Army and that as a professional footballer.
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“The Army has sorted me out a lot really. Who knows where I could have ended up? I was going out and getting into trouble, getting into fights.
I had a sense of direction (in the Army) and felt like I was achieving something with my life. When you join the Army, you want to go on tour, get medals and things like that. Obviously, at the back of my mind, I thought: ‘Oh, God, I’m going to war technically,’ but I was happy to be going. It’s what I wanted to do.