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Luke Rodgers

LUKE RODGERS :: FORWARD
. BORN Birmingham
. DoB 1.1.1982
. HEIGHT 5ft 6"
. WEIGHT 11st 3
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Hugely experienced striker who joined the Pitmen from Solihull Moors in June 2017

Birmingham-born Rodgers came to national attention early on in his career after coming through the ranks at Shrewsbury Town, making his debut during the 1999-2000 season and top scoring at Gay Meadow on a number of occasions over the next five seasons with a very impressive goals-to-games ratio

He was allowed to make the short transfer over the border into Cheshire to join Crewe Alexandra on a free transfer in June 2005. Struggling for form and fitness, Rogers failed to repeat his goalscoring exploits at Gresty Road and was allowed to join Port Vale for a fee of 30,000 in January 2007 on a two year deal

After a prolific first season at Vale Park alongside future Hednesford team-mates Danny Glover and James Lawrie, Rodgers was loaned out to Yeovil Town for three months in November 2008. He impressed sufficiently for Yeovil to snap the diminutive striker up on a permanent deal after he was released by Vale in January 2009

The summer of 2009 saw Rodgers make the move ambitious League Two side Notts County, funded by the shadowy Munto Finance and who had recently named Sven Gran Erikkson as Director of Football. Under manager Hans Backe, County won promotion to League One, with Rodgers impressing alongside Lee Hughes up front. Whilst at County, Rodgers was subject to an arrest for affray in February 2010 after an altercation with a man outside a Nottingham nightclub. He was fined 4,000 and given a final warning about his behaviour by the judge, who also forced Rogers to pay 1,200 costs

Rodgers' conviction nearly came back to haunt him later on in the year, just as he was on the brink of a dream move to America. MLS giants New York Red Bulls - now managed by Backe - became interested in Rodgers in December 2010; however, his conviction saw gaining a work visa problematic, with American regulations particularly strict on people coming to America with criminal convictions on their record. Eventually, Rodgers managed to earn a one year visa to move to New York, in a move that saw him linking up with the legendary Thierry Henry up front for NYRB

Rodgers and Henry formed an impressive partnership for the Red Bulls during the 2011 MLS season, as the Red Bulls finished tenth in the league and made the Conference Semi-Finals. Henry top scored with fourteen goals, but Rodgers impressed with nine goals in twenty starts

Rodgers was denied a second year in New York due to the American visa system, as his P-1 renewal application was denied by the U.S. Immigration service, thus seeing him released early in 2012. He made another left-field career move to Norway, joining Liilestrm until the end of the regular season in March 2012

After returning to the UK, Rodgers was signed by Portsmouth, but fell out of favour in Michael Appleton's side after scoring three times in thirteen games. He returned to former club Shrewsbury Town on loan in November 2012, making the deal permanent once more in January 2013

After leaving Shrewsbury for a second time in the summer of 2013, Rodgers returned to Scandinavia to join Swedish Allsvenskan side Hammarby IF, playing a handful of games for the Stockholm-based club before returning to England in March 2014 to join Forest Green Rovers

His spell at the New Lawn was disappointing, with a rare barren spell chalked up in twenty appearances for the big-spending Vanarama Conference side. His contract was cancelled by mutual consent in December 2015, with Rodgers taking a spell away from football for six months before pitching up at Evo-Stik Premier League side Sutton Coldfield Town in July 2016

Rodgers found his scoring touch again at Sutton, scoring twelve goals in twenty three games for the Royals and earning another crack at step one with a move to Liam McDonald's Solihull Moors in December 2016

However, after three substitute appearances, Rodgers was allowed to return to step three on loan to Stourbridge in February 2017, scoring once in three games for Gary Hackett's Glassboys as they chased a pay-off place in the Evo-Stik Premier League

In June 2017, Rogers' former Sutton Coldfield manager Neil Tooth moved to bring the veteran striker to Keys Park ahead of the 2017-2018 season

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TEAM FROM TO FEE PLD SUB GLS
. . Shrewsbury Town 1.8.1999 22.6.2005 Trainee 173 31 73
. . Crewe Alexandra 22.6.2005 17.1.2007 Free 19 20 9
. . Port Vale 17.1.2007 15.1.2009 30,000 50 16 20
. . Yeovil Town 25.11.2008 9.1.2009 Loan 5 1 2
. . Yeovil Town 15.1.2009 31.5.2009 Free 5 11 1
. . Notts County 31.7.2009 31.12.2010 Free 28 25 14
. . New York Red Bulls 28.1.2011 31.3.2012 Free 20 3 9
. . Lillestrm 31.3.2012 31.5.2012 Free 1 6 1
. . Portsmouth 1.8.2012 1.11.2013 Free 8 5 3
    Shrewsbury Town 9.11.2012 1.1.2013 Loan 5 1 1
    Shrewsbury Town 1.1.2013 31.5.2013 Free 8 1 1
. . Hammarby IF 9.7.2013 3.3.2014 Free 6 0 0
    Forest Green Rovers 3.3.2014 1.12.2015 Free 7 13 0
    Sutton Coldfield Town 1.7.2016 9.12.2016 Free 20 3 12
    Solihull Moors 9.12.2016 2.6.2017 Free 0 3 0
    Stourbridge 27.2.2017 21.3.2017 Loan 3 0 1
    Hednesford Town 2.6.2017 Present N/A N/A N/A N/A
. . LUKE RODGERS CAREER TOTAL 30,000 358 139 147

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