When a 13-year-old Corry Evans followed older brother Jonny to Manchester United, supporters of the 19-times league winners could have been forgiven for thinking they had another promising double act on their hands.
The Belfast duo were looking to follow in the footsteps of the Greenhoffs, Buchans and Nevilles before them and while it looked as though the dream was coming to fruition when the duo travelled to the Club World Cup in 2008, younger brother Corry has since departed to join npower Championship promotion hopefuls Hull City.
However, now, both players are enjoying first-team action at their respective clubs, Jonny still at Old Trafford.
"I still try and go watch Jonny when I can," admits Hull defender Corry.
"I'm still in Manchester a bit and he's always offering me tickets, so it's nice to watch him and catch up afterwards to discuss how he's getting on. I'm still a Manchester United fan, so I always look out for the results."
Corry left United in 2011 but joined a number of familiar faces - and former Manchester United connections - at Hull including James Chester, Paul McShane, Ben Amos, Cameron Stewart, Robbie Brady, Steve Bruce and Gary Walsh.
Evans hopes their collective grounding at one of the world's biggest clubs will stand them in good stead for the campaign ahead.
"We're keeping our heads down and getting on with things," says Evans. "The key is that the lads are enjoying themselves and we all get on very well. We look forward to playing, there's no fear because we have a strong mix of youth and experience and we look forward to expressing ourselves.
"It's a great club to be at and hopefully we're on the up. Our aim is to stay in and around the promotion places through Christmas and see what happens."
Both Corry and his brother began their footballing careers at Greenisland Boys back in Northern Ireland.
It is a club that has proven to be a hotbed of promising talent.
"It was a great starting point," Evans explains. "I lived five minutes away from the club back in Belfast and not far from Craig Cathcart and Conor Devlin, who also went from there to join United's academy.
"It's quite a new club but they're now considered one of the most established boys teams in Northern Ireland. They put a lot of work in to give us all the best opportunities and there are a few other lads who went on to play elsewhere, like Josh Carson at Ipswich Town and Andrew Mitchell at Manchester City. It was a great place to start our careers.
"They've just opened a new club house and I went back to help out with a presentation for the opening ceremony. Whenever you go back they're all so proud of the players that have come through.
"There are signed shirts on the walls of all the lads who have gone on to play professionally, including Jonny and I. They've done really well as a club and I'm sure they'll keep producing players for Northern Ireland."
From Belfast, 22-year-old Corry followed his brother - and the rest of the Evans family - to Manchester.
The move enhanced the brothers' footballing prospects, and the best of times saw them travel the world on first-team duty.
"Jonny moved to England when he was 16 as part of a scholarship at Manchester United and I moved over when I was 13 or 14 shortly afterwards. I started playing for the under-14s there and I moved up through the ranks and then the reserves. It was while I was at United that I decided that playing football was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
"I think it helped both of us to be at the same club at the same time," he continues. "Our family moved over as well, so instead of living in digs we were surrounded by our family. Having them nearby really helped us, particularly during the tough times, but they were also close at hand for the good times as well.
"Getting my first contract was one of the highlights of playing at Manchester United. But there were other experiences, like going away for the Club World Cup when I was 16/17. To be travelling with United and be involved when the team was playing against some of the biggest clubs in the world was a big high.
"I have very fond memories of that, as well as the US tour before I left. To be around the first-team players and see the size of United's support with all the Americans going crazy was a huge learning experience."
With both players making strides at United, international football soon followed.
The Evans parents were forced to wait to see their boys play for Northern Ireland at the same time, though.
"Both Jonny and I had to wait our turn when it came to playing for Northern Ireland together. Jonny was playing for them for a few years before I came along and there were suspensions or injuries that prevented us from playing together.
"The whole family was really proud when it finally happened. To do it at Windsor Park as well, a place where we had watched players as young lads, was a great feeling."
Unfortunately, Corry's route to Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team was harder to negotiate.
A loan move to Carlisle United followed but injury thwarted his progress. Then Hull City came calling.
"You get to a stage where you realise you need to be playing first-team football. You can only play in the reserves for so long before you start stagnating. The next step was to go out on loan and play against proper opposition. I went to Carlisle but got injured, which was frustrating because I was looking forward to playing proper competitive football.
"After a couple of reserve games back at United I remember reserve team manager Warren Joyce saying Hull were interested, and that I was going up the next day to sign for them on loan.
"I jumped at the chance. Cameron Stewart, who I had played with at United, was already at the club as well as James Chester, so it was great to go to a place where I knew a few people straight away.
"My first game was Reading away, where I came on for Cameron. I knew I wanted to continue playing at that level. When the subject of staying came up I was playing regular football and it was a mile away from reserve team football.
"I look back and know I made the right decision [to leave]. The fact I was playing regularly was key to earning more caps."
The Evans parents are undoubtedly proud of their sons achievements to date and support them both.
Although it's impossible to watch the pair of them if they are both due to play at 3.00pm on a Saturday.
"Mum and dad manage to watch us both where possible," Evans explains. "It's easier for them to watch Jonny in Manchester because they're closer to Old Trafford than they are Hull, but they get to as many games as possible, particularly when I'm playing in the north west.
"It would be great if Hull drew United in one of the cups," Evans laughs. "It would be great to play against Jonny, even better if it was at Old Trafford and I know all of the old United lads would love to go back and be given the chance to show what we can do."
If Hull continue their promotion challenge, it might not just be the cup in which Evans and the United old boys club get to return to Old Trafford.
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