CLINT HILL FACTFILE
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.