Gomis signing autographs in Birmingham City's 2011 pre-season
|Full name||Morgaro Lima Gomis|
|Date of birth||14 July 1985|
|Place of birth||Le Blanc-Mesnil, France|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Heart of Midlothian|
|2004–2005||Windsor & Eton||18||(1)|
|2005||Dagenham & Redbridge||0||(0)|
|2005||Windsor & Eton||5||(0)|
|2014–||Heart of Midlothian||47||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2015 (UTC).
Starting his career in France, Gomis spent most of his early career in English non-League football before moving to Scottish Football League side Cowdenbeath. His performances earned him a move to Dundee United in January 2007, where he exceeded expectations and was young player of the year for 2007–08. He was part of the Dundee United side that won the Scottish Cup in 2010 and was the first African to have played 100 times for the club. He left the club when his contract expired at the end of the 2010–11 season to join Football League Championship side Birmingham City. Gomis left Birmingham City in July 2013, having made 43 appearances for the club. He then rejoined Dundee United for a season before signing for Hearts in 2014.
Although born in Paris and self-identifying as French, Gomis represents Senegal at international level, for whom he qualifies through his Senegalese parents.
Gomis spent several years playing in English non-League football. In 2004, he signed for Windsor & Eton and featured in 18 league matches, scoring once. In January 2005, Gomis moved to Dagenham & Redbridge but the move quickly became controversial after an agent became involved in a contract row with the club. Gomis left in March 2005 without making an appearance and rejoined Windsor, playing in five matches before the end of the season. Gomis had a short stay with Barnet at the start of the 2005–06 season – where he featured in a matchday squad once as an unused substitute – but moved to Lewes after his month-to-month contract wasn't renewed. Gomis played in fourteen league matches and scored once during his stay with Lewes.
In July 2006, Gomis moved to Scotland and joined Cowdenbeath who at the time were managed by Mixu Paatelainen. While at the Central Park club, Gomis scored 2 goals including a 25-yarder versus Peterhead and a last minute diving header to secure a 3–2 win at home to Forfar Athletic.
On 8 December, just four months after his Cowdenbeath debut, Gomis agreed a move to Scottish Premier League side Dundee United and joined in January 2007, signing until the end of the following season. Such was Gomis's earlier-than-expected impact – Manager Craig Levein had said upon signing him that he would "not go straight into the first team" – that he was given a two-year extension to his contract in September 2007. Gomis said he was "very happy" and "delighted". In January 2009, Gomis received a further extension to his contract. Gomis received the first winners medal of his senior career as part of the Dundee United squad that won the Scottish Cup against Ross County in May 2010. Four years on ahead of another Scottish Cup Final, Gomis believe the final of "the atmosphere has been very similar."
On 16 June 2011, Championship side Birmingham City completed the signing of free agent Gomis on a two-year deal. He made his debut in the Football League on the opening day of the 2011–12 season, playing the whole of a 2–1 defeat at Derby County. At home to Millwall, Gomis, described by the Telegraph's reporter as "combin[ing] industry with silky passes from his deep-lying central midfield position", played a "deliciously weighted pass" behind the defence from which Jean Beausejour crossed for Chris Wood to open the scoring.
In May 2013, Birmingham confirmed that they were not going to take up their option to extend Gomis' contract, so he was to leave the club at the end of the season when his existing deal expired.
Return to Dundee United
He made his first appearance since returning to the club on 26 October 2013, in a 4–0 victory against St. Mirren. On 12 April 2014, he came on as a substitute in the Scottish Cup Semi Final at Ibrox as United defeated Rangers 3–1, progressing to the Final. However, Gomis struggled to earn through the first team place, instead spending on the substitute bench. Gomis was included in the Scottish Cup Final as an un-used substitute, as Dundee United would lose 2-0 against St. Johnstone. At the end of the 2013-14 season, Gomis was among nine players to be released by the club upon expiry of his contract.
Heart of Midlothian
On 12 June 2014, Gomis signed for Hearts on a three-year contract, becoming the first signing under new management of Robbie Neilson, as well as, the first signing since Hearts coming out of administration. At the time of his contract expiring, Gomis was heavily linked with a move to Hearts.
On 30 November 2014, Gomis was sent off in the 8th minute of Hearts' Scottish Cup fourth round match against Celtic for a two-footed challenge on Scott Brown; Hearts went on to lose the home match 0–4.
In March 2009, Gomis received his first international call-up, being named in Senegal's squad for friendly matches against Oman and Iran. Having been born in France of Senegalese parents, Gomis had always considered himself to be French, but was reportedly "flattered and surprised" by the call-up. Having initially said he would consider carefully whether to accept, he later announced his decision to play for Senegal. He made his debut that week in the starting eleven against Oman, a 2–0 defeat, and played as a substitute in the 1–1 draw with Iran.
- As of end of 2014–15 season
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Windsor and Eton||2004–05||Isthmian League Premier Div.||23||1||n/k||—||n/k||23||1|
|Cowdenbeath||2006–07||Scottish League Second Div.||15||2||0||0||2||0||2||0||19||2|
|Dundee United||2006–07||Scottish Premier League||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||12||0|
|2007–08||Scottish Premier League||36||1||3||0||5||1||0||0||44||2|
|2008–09||Scottish Premier League||37||0||2||0||4||0||0||0||43||0|
|2009–10||Scottish Premier League||31||4||6||0||2||0||0||0||39||4|
|2010–11||Scottish Premier League||34||1||2||0||2||0||2||0||40||1|
|Dundee United||2013–14||Scottish Premiership||16||0||4||0||1||0||0||0||21||0|
|Heart of Midlothian||2014–15||Scottish Championship||34||1||1||0||1||0||1||0||37||1|
|Heart of Midlothian||2015–16||Scottish Premiership||13||0||0||0||4||0||0||0||17||0|
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