Easter in October 2015
|Full name||Jermaine Maurice Easter|
|Date of birth||15 January 1982|
|Place of birth||Cardiff, Wales|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|2004||→ Cambridge United (loan)||15||(2)|
|2007–2008||→ Plymouth Argyle (loan)||14||(2)|
|2008||→ Millwall (loan)||5||(1)|
|2008||→ Colchester United (loan)||5||(2)|
|2009–2011||Milton Keynes Dons||50||(15)|
|2010–2011||→ Swansea City (loan)||6||(1)|
|2013||→ Millwall (loan)||9||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:51, 29 September 2015 (UTC).
In May 2003, Easter, still yet to start a first-team game for Hartlepool, signed a new two-year contract.
In February 2004, Easter joined Cambridge United on loan, following a short trial, for 2 months. This was later extended to a third and final month. On his return to Hartlepool, Easter had the final year of his contract cancelled by mutual consent, and promptly rejoined Cambridge, on a one-year contract.
Easter joined Wycombe on 31 January 2006 from Stockport, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal. Earlier in the month, Easter had turned down moves to Oxford United and failed to reach an agreement of terms with manager Gary Johnson when meeting with Bristol City.
Easter made ten starting appearances and one substitute appearance for Wycombe in the remainder of the 2005–06 season. He managed only two goals, possibly being overshadowed by star striker Tommy Mooney.
The striker claimed his first league hat-trick in the 2006–07 season against Bury, on 19 August. It is the fastest league hat-trick scored by a Wycombe player, timed at 22 minutes, beating Nathan Tyson's 25-minute hat-trick against Lincoln City in 2004.
He scored the only goal of the game for Wycombe in their win over Charlton Athletic in the quarter-finals of the Football League Cup. He also scored to help Wycombe to a 1st-leg draw in the League Cup semi-finals in a momentous match for Wycombe against Chelsea. This meant that he had scored in every round so far and had ended Chelsea's run of clean sheets in the competition.
On 22 January 2007, Easter was subject of transfer speculation regarding a possible move to Premier League sides Manchester City and Blackburn Rovers, however, he remained at Wycombe, and was named in the PFA League Two Team of the Year for the 2006–07 season. During the 2006–07 season Easter also won the players player of the year award.
In October 2007, Easter joined Plymouth Argyle on loan, with a view to a permanent move. He made his debut for the club on 28 October 2007, coming on as a substitute for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake in a 2–0 defeat to Preston North End. Easter scored his first goal for Plymouth after coming on as a substitute, in the 2–1 loss at home to West Brom, and made his first start three games later, at home to Bristol City.
On 4 January 2008, Easter joined Plymouth permanently, for an estimated fee of £210,000.
In August, Easter handed in a transfer request to Plymouth, citing "personal problems" as his reason for wanting to leave. He subsequently asked to be taken off the transfer list and decided to stay with Argyle.
On 25 September, Easter joined Millwall on a one-month loan. He made his debut for the club on 28 September, scoring a goal in a 2–1 win away to Swindon, a match in which he was also sent off. On 21 November 2008 Easter left Millwall having scored just 1 goal in 6 games to join Colchester United on loan until the end of the year. Easter then suffered a medial ligament injury, which saw him return to Argyle on 18 December after scoring 2 goals in 5 appearances he also decided to stay at Argyle and fight for his place rather than move elsewhere.
Milton Keynes Dons
On 14 July 2009, Easter joined Milton Keynes Dons on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee and became Paul Ince's second signing since returning to the club. He scored his first goal for MK Dons, a penalty, in a first round League Cup tie at home to Swindon Town, with the Dons eventually going on to lose 4–1. Easter scored his second Dons goal, also a penalty, at home to former loan club Colchester United, with the Dons going on to win the game 2–1. Easter would go on to score 20 goals in all competitions for MK Dons during his first season at the club, with 15 of those coming in league games. In his first year at the club Easter won the sports writers player of the year award as well as the club's leading scorer award at the annual awards dinner.
On 25 November 2010, Easter moved to Championship side Swansea City on loan, with the loan spell due to expire on 31 January 2011. Despite being Cardiff-born, Easter revealed the move to his hometown club's fierce south Wales rivals was a no-brainer; "My contract at MK Dons ends at the end of the season and I've made it clear that I want to play Championship football and have international aspirations. So the opportunity to come here was perfect for me. Swansea keep the ball well and have lots of possession. Hopefully I can work off the midfielders and the wingers and get myself some goals." Easter scored his first goal on his first start for Swansea against Barnsley on 28 December 2010. Although the striker revealed his desire to make the move to south Wales permanent, he returned to Milton Keynes at the request of his parent club on 13 January, having made seven league and cup appearances for the Swans, with five of those coming from the bench.
Just 24 hours after leaving Swansea to return to Milton Keynes, Easter joined Championship side Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, signing a two and a half-year deal. Easter was handed the number 19 shirt by Dougie Freedman, becoming the Scot's second signing (after Alex Marrow) since taking over the managerial reins at Selhurst Park. He made his debut for his new club during an away fixture against Swansea City on 15 January, less than two days after having his loan stint at the south Wales club cut short by MK Dons. He scored his first goal for Palace in a 3–3 draw with Reading on 26 February 2011. On 25 January 2012 Easter missed a penalty in the League Cup semi final second leg shootout against Cardiff City, who progressed to the final at Palace's expense.
On 15 March 2013, Easter joined Millwall on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut the following day in a 2–0 win over Charlton Athletic, scoring with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute. On 28 May 2013, it was announced that Easter would link up permanently with Millwall in July 2013, signing a one-year contract.
On 26 January 2007, Easter received his first call-up to the Welsh national team from manager John Toshack for the friendly against Northern Ireland, and made his debut as a substitute in the game on 6 February. On 28 March he made his first start for Wales against San Marino.
Jermaine has a brother, Jamal, who is also a footballer and a younger brother Joshua.
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