Danny Spiller

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Danny Spiller
Personal information
Full name Daniel Spiller[1]
Date of birth (1981-10-10) 10 October 1981 (age 35)[1]
Place of birth Maidstone, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Herne Bay
Youth career
000?–2000 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2007 Gillingham 128 (6)
2002 Longford Town (loan) 4 (1)
2007–2009 Millwall 8 (1)
2009 Wycombe Wanderers 0 (0)
2009 Welling United 1 (0)
2009–2010 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 (0)
2010–2012 Gillingham 45 (4)
2012–2013 Luton Town 0 (0)
2015– Herne Bay 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:23 15 February 2015 (UTC).

Daniel "Danny" Spiller (born 10 October 1981) is an English professional footballer who currently plays for Herne Bay.

Career[edit]

Spiller began his professional career with Gillingham. A product of the club's youth system, he signed his first professional contract in 2000 but saw his first season ravaged by injury and did not make his league debut in the 2001–02 season. In January 2002, he joined League of Ireland Premier Division side Longford Town on loan along with Richard Rose.[2] Spiller came to the fore during the 2003–04 season when he was player of the season after a string of man-of-the-match performances. He finished the season by signing a contract keeping him at Priestfield Stadium until 2007. In 2004 West Ham tabled a bid of £750,000 for Spiller which was subsequently turned down by the Gillingham board. Gillingham chairman Paul Scally was quoted as saying "anything under a million is an insult".[3][4]

Predominantly a midfielder, Spiller has also played as a striker, and right-back, although his preferred position is in central midfield.

On 11 June 2007, it was announced that Spiller had agreed terms to join Millwall on 1 July 2007.[5] After struggling with injuries, Spiller only managed 10 appearances for Millwall, scoring one goal in a 1–0 home victory over Cheltenham Town.[6] On 27 May 2009, Spiller was released from his contract at Millwall.[7]

Spiller signed on non-contract terms with Wycombe Wanderers for a month during August 2009,[8] before leaving the club to sign for Welling United on 4 September 2009.[9] After making one appearance and spending 6 days with Welling, Spiller joined League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge on a contract until January 2010.[10] His debut for Dagenham & Redbridge came on 12 September when he came on as a substitute for Danny Green in a 2–1 home win against Chesterfield.

When Andy Hessenthaler re-joined Gillingham as manager, he brought Spiller in on trial,[11] and signed him on a five-month contract.[12] He made his second debut for Gillingham in a 1–1 home draw against Cheltenham Town on 7 August 2010, and the contract was extended for a further year and a half in December 2010.[13]

Spiller signed a two-year contract with Conference Premier side Luton Town on 17 June 2012 after his release from Gillingham.[14] He injured his Achilles tendon shortly after signing and did not play a single game for the club throughout the 2012–13 season. After numerous unsuccessful operations, Luton terminated Spiller's contract in July 2013, stating that the long-term prognosis of his injury was "showing little signs of improvement".[15]

On 12 February 2015, Spiller signed for Isthmian League Division One South side Herne Bay.[16] Three days later he netted the second goal in a 2-0 derby victory against Ramsgate.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hugman, Barry J. (ed) (2008). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ "EIRCOM LEAGUE PREVIEWS". Independent. 26 January 2001. Retrieved 2014-06-14. 
  3. ^ Gills Slap Price on Spiller, BBC Football, 8 June 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2009
  4. ^ Spiller Staying with Gills, BBC Football, 14 June 2004. Retrieved 13 July 2009
  5. ^ Lions Land Alexander and Spiller, BBC Football, 11 June 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2009
  6. ^ Millwall 1–0 Cheltenham Archived 24 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Millwall F.C., 18 August 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2009
  7. ^ Jackett Releases 10 in Lions Cull, BBC Football, 27 May 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2009
  8. ^ BLUES SIGN SPILLER, Wycombe Wanderers F.C., 9 August 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  9. ^ Spiller Joins Wings, Football Conference, 4 September 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  10. ^ Daggers Sign Spiller, Dagenham & Redbridge F.C., 10 September 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2009
  11. ^ "Gills keen on trialists". BBC Sport. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  12. ^ "Spills signs Gills deal". Gillingham FC. 7 October 2010. Archived from the original on 6 November 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  13. ^ "Spills agrees Gills stay". Gillingham FC. 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  14. ^ "Luton sign Spiller". Bedfordshire on Sunday. LSN Media Ltd. 17 June 2012. Archived from the original on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  15. ^ "Luton Town duo have their contracts terminated". Bedfordshire on Sunday. LSN Media Ltd. 4 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  16. ^ http://www.kentonline.co.uk/herne-bay/sport/ex-gills-ace-joins-herne-31756/
  17. ^ http://www.kentonline.co.uk/maidstone/sport/ryman-league-round-up-31890/

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