CLINT HILL FACTFILE

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Born: Liver­pool, 1978 (Age 37)

Play­ing Ca­reer: A cen­tre-half or left-back, Hill made his Tran­mere de­but in 1997 and went on to score 20 goals in 170 games for the club, also play­ing in the 2000 League Cup fi­nal de­feat to Le­ices­ter at Wem­b­ley. Fol­low­ing rel­e­ga­tion to the third tier, Hill made a £250,000 switch to Old­ham in 2002, but broke his leg af­ter just 26 matches and a year later joined Stoke for £120,000. Though named the Pot­ters’ player of the year in 2004-05, Hill suf­fered a suc­ces­sion of se­ri­ous knee and an­kle in­juries that re­stricted him to just 84 games in five years. Sent on loan to Palace in 2007, Hill’s im­pres­sive per­for­mances saw him snapped up on a per­ma­nent deal in Jan­uary 2008. An ever-present, he helped Neil Warnock’s Ea­gles reach the play-offs in his first sea­son and con­tin­ued to im­press de­spite the club’s financial strug­gles. Af­ter 124 games for Palace, Hill re­joined Warnock at Queens Park Rangers in 2010 and won the Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in his first sea­son, later mak­ing his Pre­mier League de­but at the age of 33. He has since suf­fered two rel­e­ga­tions and a pro­mo­tion and cur­rently has five goals in 174 games for the Hoops.

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