Darren Lok: The phone call that turned non-league player into Malaysia international

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Darren Lok in action for Malaysian side JDTFor most non-league players, football is a part-time career filled with long journeys, late finishes and early starts for work the next morning.The professional game – with its manicured pitches, money and media attention – can seem a distant dream.Three years ago, Darren Lok was working shifts in an NHS psychiatric hospital in the south of England and playing part-time football for National League South side Eastbourne Borough, two steps below the English Football League.But now, after being contacted by an agent who read an interview he gave to a football magazine, the Sussex-born forward is a Malaysia international playing for a club competing in the Asian Champions League and could feature for his country in World Cup qualifying.”I was contacted on the internet by Scott Ollerenshaw, who is now my agent,” says 28-year-old Lok. “He asked if I had ever thought about playing football in Malaysia.”We met a few months later and he explained it in more detail and told me I would be eligible for a Malaysian passport through my father, and that if I moved I could have the chance to represent Malaysia at international level.”Every non-league player knows how hard it is to juggl

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