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Ryan Hall: A Football Background

26 June 2014

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Born in Dulwich, South London, Ryan Hall’s footballing roots were sewn as a youngster at Crystal Palace.

Having graduated through the Palace Academy he furthered his football education in non-league after a loan spell with Conference South side Lewes. He made senior appearances for Palace from the bench during the 2007/2008 season before being allowed to gain more vital first-team experience during loan stints at Dagenham and Redbridge and Crawley Town.

It was at Crawley Town where he first met current Millers manager Steve Evans who was the then boss of the Sussex outfit. Hall played seven times for Evans, scoring twice in victories over York City and Torquay United.

After finding first-team opportunities limited at Selhurst Park, Hall joined non-league Bromley but he wasn’t out of the league for long, joining Southend United in 2010. It was during his time at Roots Hall that his career took off, and he netted his goal for the club against the Millers in a 2-1 victory at Don Valley Stadium.

Hall ended his first full season at Southend having played 48 times in all competitions, scoring nine times as the Shrimpers finished in mid-table. During the following campaign Hall was again impressive as the South Coast club missed out narrowly on automatic promotion. After missing out in the play-offs to Crewe, Hall ended the season with 14 goals as he underlined his reputation as one of the brightest prospects in the Football League.

Hall’s form did not go unnoticed and he joined Leeds United, initially on loan, before joining The Championship club on a permanent basis.  

Last season Hall had a loan spell with Sheffield United before ending his season with MK Dons, where he played against the Millers in a 2-2 draw before netting on the final game of the season in the defeat to Leyton Orient.

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