Chris Porter (footballer, born 1983)
Porter playing for Sheffield United.
|Full name||Christopher John Porter|
|Date of birth||12 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Wigan, Greater Manchester, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2013||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||4||(1)|
|2013||→ Chesterfield (loan)||3||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 June 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Christopher John "Chris" Porter (born 12 December 1983) is an English footballer, who plays as a striker for Sheffield United. Born in Wigan, England he has also played for Bury, Oldham Athletic, Motherwell, Derby County and he had loan spells at Shrewsbury Town and Chesterfield.
Porter started his career at Bury, where his form alerted Oldham Athletic who signed him for a fee of £150,000 after going to a tribunal in 2005. The move proved a successful one and he finished the 2006–07 season with 22 League One goals, taking Oldham into the play-offs.
With Porter's contract due to expire, his form attracted attention from Scotland, with Dundee United offering him a contract in June 2007. This proved a controversial approach, angering Oldham, who argued that as the player was under 24 years old, under FIFA directives they would be entitled to a transfer fee as the player was not moving abroad. However, a transfer to Scotland was regarded as a "cross-border transfer" by FIFA and they decreed that no fee would be payable, with Dundee United chairman Eddie Thompson pointing out that his club had breached no rules, and were acting in a proper manner. Despite all this, by the end of June 2007, Dundee United announced they would not be signing Porter as he had turned down the move.
Having turned down Dundee United, Porter instead opted to join Motherwell in July 2007, and his debut season with them proved to be a huge success. Porter scored 15 league goals, finishing as the club's top goalscorer and joint third highest in the league, with Motherwell finishing third, and qualify for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup.
Porter had a successful start to the 2008–09 season, scoring nine goals in the first half of the season. Motherwell's disappointing league form however, saw him linked with a move back to England during the 2009 January transfer window, with clubs including Sheffield United, Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City said to be interested in securing his services. Motherwell manager Mark McGhee claimed that he would not keep Porter at the club if he wished to continue his career elsewhere.
At the end of January it was reported that Porter was on the verge of a £425,000 move to Football League Championship side Cardiff City, but the move was hijacked by Derby County, who signed the player for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £400,000, a couple of days later. During his time at Motherwell, Porter scored 27 goals in 65 games in all competitions.
Porter was new Derby manager Nigel Clough's first signing and joined on a 2½ year deal which took him through until the end of the 2010–11 season. His début came as a 69th minute substitute in a 3–0 win at Plymouth Argyle at the start of February 2009. His first goals for the club came on his 200th career league appearance, as he grabbed a brace on his full home début in a 2–2 draw with Swansea City in March 2009. Porter grabbed his third four days later, scoring after just 52 seconds against Bristol City in a 2–1 win, but it proved to be his last meaningful contribution of the 2008–09 campaign, as a hip injury ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
Porter returned to take part in the 2009–10 pre-season, but aggravated his injury in training during the summer, and was ruled out for a further nine months after undergoing hip impingement surgery. Porter returned to the first-team in a 0–0 draw away to Preston North End in December 2009 and scored his first of the season four days later with the header in a 1–0 win away to Watford, the club's first League away win for 9 months. Porter appeared regularly for Derby through the rest of the campaign as Derby battled relegation, making ten starts plus twelve substitute appearances, scoring three times.
Porter made his first start of the 2010–11 campaign in a League Cup tie away to Crewe Alexandra in August 2010 but picked up another injury. After substitute appearances in the next two games, the hip injury ruled Porter out for the next 3 months before he returned to the side with a series of substitute appearances throughout December 2010. Recovering from injury, Porter was handed his first league start of the season on New Year's Day 2011 away to Preston North End and scored twice in a 2–1 Derby victory.
Porter's final start of the season came at the end of February against Sheffield United and he featured only twice as a substitute after this, with loanees Jamie Ward and Theo Robinson often preferred as Derby's forward line. Approaching the end of his contract Porter was linked with a move to Sheffield United, with Derby County subsequently confirming that Porter would not be offered a new deal. Porter left Derby having made just 25 starts in two and a half years with the club.
Porter signed for Sheffield United on 15 July 2011, penning a two-year contract. He made his Blades début, starting against his former club Oldham Athletic, in the Blades 2–0 win on the opening day of the 2011–12 League One campaign, before scoring his first goal for the club against Yeovil Town at the end of August at Huish Park. Having played regularly though the season, Porter scored the winning goal against Stevenage in the 2012 League One play-off semi-final to secure United's place at Wembley for the final. The Blades went on to lose the final to Huddersfield Town on penalties, with Porter replacing Richard Cresswell in the 85th minute of normal time.
After a lengthy period of pre season, Porter agreed a new two-year deal with United in July 2012. By mid-February 2013, after half a season of injury problems, Porter was allowed to join Shrewsbury Town on an initial one month loan deal. Porter scored ten minutes into his Shrewsbury début against Tranmere Rovers helping the Shrews to a 2–0 victory. Porter's loan spell with Shrewsbury came to an end in mid-March, and he returned to Bramall Lane having scored 1 goal in 4 games.
Porter returned to Sheffield United hoping to establish himself in the side and returned to the starting eleven in April 2013, in caretaker-manager Chris Morgan's first game in charge, opening the scoring, in a 2–0 victory against Swindon Town. This goal represented a personal milestone for Porter, being his 100th career goal. The following season, and still on the fringes of the first team, Porter agreed a month's loan to Chesterfield in October 2013, where he made three appearances before returning to Bramall Lane. During Porter's time at Chesterfield, his former manager at Derby County, Nigel Clough, replaced David Weir at Bramall Lane, and he provided Porter an opportunity to reestablish himself in the first team. A regular member of the first team squad, Porter's form improved and he began scoring regularly for the first time since his arrival at United, including 4 goals during the Blades' FA Cup run. Despite this improvement in form, United did not pick up the option of a one-year extension of Porter's contract at the end of the season, instead offering him a deal on reduced terms. The following month Porter agreed a new one-year deal with the Blades.
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