17:54 Monday 09 December 2013

Ex-Burton Albion keeper Stuart Tomlinson joins WWE

Written byDAVID BROOME

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FORMER Burton Albion goalkeeper Stuart Tomlinson is set to embark on a new career in America after joining WWE to train to be a professional wrestler.

The 28-year-old joined the Brewers last year and made 25 appearances as they reached the League Two play-offs.

However, despite recovering from a knee injury to sign a new contract until summer 2014, Tomlinson retired in July under surgeons’ advice that scar tissue damage and a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament meant he was vulnerable to further damage.

The ex-Crewe Alexandra and Port Vale stopper said on social networking site Twitter on Sunday: “Looking forward to a new job @WWE.

“Swapping two posts and a net with four posts & ropes – USA bound as of Tomorro.”

Tomlinson, who has worked as a male model in the past and appeared on the cover of Men’s Health magazine, also revealed that he will start at the WWE’s sister show NXT before ideally working his way to the flagship shows – Smackdown and Raw – which are screened across the UK.

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