Michelle Keegan pays emotional tribute to husband Mark Wright as he becomes a pro footballer

MICHELLE Keegan paid emotional tribute to her husband Mark Wright as he signed to become a professional footballer.

Yesterday, The Sun revealed that the former Towie star had been snapped up by Crawley Town football club after impressing on the pitch.

Confirming the news on his Instagram account, 33-year-old Mark shared a throwback photo of himself playing the game years ago along with several new snaps from his exciting new venture.

The Essex boy teamed the photos with a moving post about how much the new gig means to him, and 33-year-old Michelle could not hide her pride.

She commented: "Never known such a hard working determined person, the word ‘can’t’ just isn’t in your vocabulary.

"Congratulations. So proud of you xxx❤️"

Mark simply replied: "@michkeegan I love you x"

Fans found the rare public display of affection from the couple adoring, commenting on how sweet they are together.

One wrote: "Oh, this is so cute 🥺"

Another agreed: "Nawww you two ❤️ this just brought a tear to my eye xx".

Mark's full post read: "How it started… how it’s going. 12 years later and today I put pen to paper for @officialcrawleytownfc !!

"For 11 years, since I fully retired from serious football, I’ve missed it every day.

"My life took a complete U-turn when I was 22 and it’s been the best 10.5 years I could have ever dreamed of but my love for the game has never gone away and the fact that I never played a professional game in the Football League has always niggled away at me.

"If I don’t do it now, I never will and at 33, reaching the older side of a professional footballer… it has to be now.

"I’ve been training with #thereds for 2 months now, at first it was just for fitness & simply because I missed the game.

"When the manager, John Yems, who I played for 12 years ago here at Crawley asked me if I would like to take it further and sign for the club, of course I didn’t think twice and tonight I’m quite simply over the moon.

"I’ve worked so hard to get fighting fit and I will continue to do so. When/if the time comes for me to make my debut, it will be a day I remember and cherish forever.

"Fingers crossed it goes as planned but here goes!! Life is so short and I urge you to fight for what makes you happy, take chances, change if change is needed, live everyday like it’s your last, don’t let anybody tell you, you CAN’T and most importantly LIVE WITH NO REGRETS !!

"To The manager, coaching staff, backroom staff and of course the boys…. thank you for welcoming me back with open arms! Now let’s go win some more football matches!! 👊🏻"

News of Mark's contract comes just two months after the star said rumours of him joining the club were "far-fetched".

A club source told The Sun yesterday: "Mark trained with Crawley all summer, and has been a hit with both players and management.

"He's got no airs and graces, and just got stuck in from the word go.

"He is now match fit, and has really found his stride – he's a great signing."

After starting out with Southend United, Mark played part-time, non-League football before joining Towie in 2010.

The following year he appeared in I'm A Celebrity, coming second to Dougie Poynter in 2011.

Mark – who has also represented England in various Soccer Aid celebrity teams – played against Championship side Reading in a pre-season friendly.

He recently told Crawley’s YouTube channel: “I love playing football, it’s my number one passion.

“Obviously my career went in a different direction. The speculation is that I’m joining the Reds – it’s a bit far-fetched.

“I’ve just been training with the boys, I know the gaffer, played nine games under the gaffer.

"I’m just doing it for fitness, I love being around it, the camaraderie, the banter around the dressing room."

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