Shane Hill (footballer)
|Full name||Shane Hill|
|Date of birth||5 August 1987|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2007||Rushden & Diamonds||0||(0)|
|2011–2014||Tampa Bay Rowdies||86||(8)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 January 2014.
Hill began his career as a trialist for Manchester United as a 16-year-old, but was not taken on by the superclub, and eventually found his way to non-league Hitchin Town, playing for them in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the seventh level of English football, in the 2004-2005 season.
Hill joined Sheffield United as a youth player on 25 August 2005, but was released at the end of the 2005-06 having never played a first team game for the Blades. He trialed with Luton Town during the summer of 2006, but was not offered a contract, and eventually signed for Rushden & Diamonds of the Football Conference on 4 January 2007. He was released by the Diamonds at the end of the season, again without having made a first team appearance for the club.
Hill moved to the United States in 2010 and was a pre-season trialist with FC Tampa Bay prior to their first competitive season in the USSF Division 2 Pro League. When his father was hired as the head coach of the club in 2011, Hill returned to the United States, trialed with the team during the 2011 pre-season, and signed a formal contract on 6 April 2011. He made his debut for Tampa on 31 May, coming on as a late substitute in a game against NSC Minnesota Stars.
Tampa Bay announced on 27 December 2011 that it declined the 2012 contract option for Hill. However, one month later the club signed him to a new contract for 2012 which includes a club option for 2013.
- Blades Sign Hill
- Shane Hill signs for Diamonds
- FC Tampa Bay Earns 0-0 Draw at NSC Minnesota