Mitch Harding

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Mitch Harding
Mitch Harding 2014-01-18 1.jpg
Harding playing for Bristol Rovers in 2014
Personal information
Full name Mitch Peter Harding[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Weston-super-Mare, England
Playing position Forward
Youth career
2010–2012 Bristol Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Bristol Rovers 17 (0)
2012 Gloucester City (loan) 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:05, 7 May 2014 (UTC).

Mitch Peter Harding (born 27 January 1994) is an English former professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for Bristol Rovers and Gloucester City during his short career. He now works as a personal trainer in London.[2]

Career[edit]

Harding was born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. Mitch was selected to play for North Somerset Football Development and developed very quickly in his early years leading North Somerset to forward him to Bristol Rovers as an under-13 and was signed. He progressed through the youth team of Bristol Rovers and signed a two-year scholarship terms in the summer of 2010. He signed his first professional contract in May 2012, after being voted youth team player of the year.[3] He made his first team debut on 5 May 2012, in a 4–0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, coming on as a second-half substitute for Eliot Richards.[4]

Harding, along with teammate Jordan Goddard, joined Gloucester City on an initial month's loan in October 2012.[5] and went on to score less than a minute into his debut, a 5-1 victory over Bishop's Stortford.[6] Harding's loan was extended for a second month[7] but returned early.[8] He went on to feature five times for Bristol Rovers, all as a substitute, in the remainder of the season.

Harding made his starting 11 debut for Bristol Rovers on the first day of the following season in a 2-1 defeat away to Exeter City. He went on to feature in a further 12 league and cup fixtures, four of them as part of the starting lineup. Harding, along with 11 other players, was released at the end of the season.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mitchfit". Mitchfit.info. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Another North Somerset player steps off the production line...". North Somerset. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mixed emotions for Mitch as he lands Bristol Rovers contract". This is Bristol. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Mehew brings in pair from Rovers". Gloucester City. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gloucester City 5 – 1 Bishops Stortford". Gloucester City. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Harding and Goddard extend loan deals". Gloucester City. 30 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gloucester City: Mehew plays the date game to get most from loan stars". Gloucester Citizen. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Retained List". Bristol Rovers F.C. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 

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