FOOTBALL legend Michael Owen's daughter will be hoping to find fame – and possibly romance – on this year's Love Island.

Gemma, 19, is swapping a career in dressage for reality TV as she tries to find a partner on the hit ITV reality show.

Famously, she represented Team GB in the past – but appears to have put her career on hold for a shot at infamy.

But she isn't the first person to swap sport for Love Island. Here's ten more, and how they fared.

Tommy Fury

Perhaps the most famous of all sporting contestants, Tyson Fury's younger brother Tommy starred with Molly-Mae Hague in the 2019 series.

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The 23-year-old cosied up to the blonde beauty and they finished as runners-up.

Their romance has continued to blossom – buying a home together – and sparking engagement rumours.

Tommy's boxing career is also on the up – having dismantled Daniel Bocianski in April.

And he could fight YouTuber Jake Paul next in a money-spinning bout… watch this space.

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Chris Hughes

Hughes was a finalist in 2017, after the mad Sunderland fan signed on as a semi-pro footballer with Bourton Rovers FC.

He even won the Gloucestershire Division Two West before he appeared on the telly.

Now, he's always on – doing a first class job presenting ITV Racing's coverage and dates golfer Annabel Dinnock.

Mike Thalassitis

In 2017, Thalassitis turned his back on a promising football career to find love at Casa Amor.

After starting at Stevenage Town, he had spells at Ebbsfeet United and St Albans.

Mike also was capped at U21 level for Cyprus, and earned a senior call up, until a serious knee injury forced him out.

He retired from football in 2017, appeared on E4’s Celebs Go Dating. Sadly, Thalassitis passed away at the age of 26 in 2019.

Finn Tapp

Tapp was a 2020 Love Island winner with Paige Turley, which has allowed him to become a reality TV regular ever since.

But before he became famous on the small screen, he was turning out with Oxford City – having previously made his debut for MK Dons aged just 16.

However, he failed to tell his boss he wasn't going to be at training after securing his slot on Love Island.

It hilariously forced Oxford director Mick Livesey to insist on players inserting reality TV clauses in their contracts.

Idris Virgo

A hulking super-middleweight boxer, Virgo starred in the fourth series of Love Island.

But, he used the reality TV show to propel his career in the ring.

Four months after appearing on the show, he made his professional boxing debut – and has since risen to 12-0-1 – defeating Adam Trenado in December 2021 in Crystal Palace

Dennon Lewis

Lewis was a flop on Love Island – appearing for just five days.

His football career has been better, though, with the 25-year-old coming through the youth ranks at Watford.

He then had a loan spell at Crawley Town, played for Falkirk in Scotland, then signed for non-league side Wealdstone in 2019.

The striker was named in the National League South’s team of the season, before signing for Boreham Wood in 2021.

Toby Aromolaran

Aromolaran was about to turn out for Hashtag United – the Youtube football team founded by social media star Spencer Owen – before Love Island came calling.

But Owen was cool with it. ”I told the owner and manager, just pulled them up in some filming before pre-season,” Aromolaran said.

“And I said, 'look, I want to miss pre-season because I think I might be going into the Love Island villa’. The owner, Spencer, was so happy for me, the manager as well.”

After finishing second in series seven, he shacked up with Chloe Burrows.

Aaron Simpson

On the books of Wolves as a youngster, Simpson would be released and end up at Hemel Hempstead.

A spell at Maidstone United was followed by a stint with Sutton United in 2020-21.

But he was happy to quit the game for Love Island, where he enjoyed a short-live relationship with Millie Court in series five.

Like Hughes, Simpson works in horse racing as a presenter on Racing TV.

Mike Boateng

Alongside England forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Boateng was a star of Sheffield United's 2013 youth team.

Calvert-Lewin would move on to Everton, but Mike found himself released and he ended up joining the police force.

He played at amateur level, until signing up for Love Island and leaving with Priscilla Anyabu.

They split up during lockdown, and he recently joined the cast of MTV series Celebrity Ex on the Beach.

Luke Trotman

Trotman's career was cut short after suffering a horrific leg break when he played for Luton Town.

He played non league football at St Neots Town, while juggling a banking and finance degree at Loughborough University.

Famously, Trotman would appear on Jamie Vardy’s V9 football course – and was called up to England's 'C' squad, before Love Island beckoned in 2019.

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Luke dated Siannise Fudge, but their relationship would fizzle out in 2021.

The question is now, will Gemma become as famous as this lot?

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