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A Football Background: Paul Green

30 June 2014

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A familiar face to fans in South Yorkshire, Paul Green joins the Millers on a two-year deal.

The Republic of Ireland International began his career as a trainee with Sheffield Wednesday but after leaving Hillsborough he found his feet at Doncaster Rovers. After progressing through the ranks he made his first-team bow in a 2-2 draw with Northwich Victoria in March 2002, when Rovers were still battling it out in non-league. Once he had made the breakthrough he kept his place until the end of the season as Doncaster finished fourth in the Conference. 

Green began the following season in style scoring on the opening day of the season in a 2-1 victory over Barnet. His season went from strength-to-strength and ended with Green scoring five goals in 35 appearances as Rovers enjoyed promotion via the play-offs after overcoming Dagenham and Redbridge in the final at the Britannia Stadium. Green opened the scoring in the final to cap a full debut season to remember.

Green made a seamless transition to league football, as did Doncaster as a club, with Rovers storming to the old Third Division Championship ensuring back-to-back promotions. Green was a regular in Rovers engine room, bagging eight goals along the way 

Once again the step up proved no problem for the Sheffield-born midfielder as he was again a consistent presence in the starting 11 as Doncaster fell just short of a play-off place. He played over 50 times during the 2006/7 campaign as Doncaster became an established League One side.

More success was to follow for Green and Doncaster and he enjoyed a third promotion with the club after again starring in their run to the League One play-off final. After defeat Southend in the semi-finals, they went on to beat Leeds United 1-0 in the final at Wembley to secure a place in The Championship.

Green left Doncaster after over 250 appearances before the start of the 2008/9 season electing to sign for Derby County. He had no problem adjusting to life in the second tier, and immediately held down a regular start for his new club as they finished the season 18th in the table.

The following season saw an improvement for the Rams who climbed to 13th with Green playing a further 30 games in the second tier, finding the net twice including the decisive strike in a narrow victory against Reading at Pride Park. He finished off the campaign with a goal in the green of Ireland, opening the scoring in a 3-0 victory over Algeria in his first international start, just three days after appearing as a second-half substitute for his debut.

He played over 70 games in all competitions over the next two years for Nigel Clough’s Derby before making the switch back to Yorkshire, signing for Leeds United. Once again he made over 30 league appearances, finding the net four times in the Championship and after only starting seven games in the first half of the following season was allowed to join fellow Championship side Ipswich Town where he helped them climb the table, finishing just outside the play-off positions. 

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