Bradford City have taken former Brighton & Hove Albion skipper Gordon Greer to their pre-season training camp in Austria, with a view that he will end the Bantams’ search for a new centre-half.
The defender has played for nine teams over the last 17 years, starting his career at Scottish side Clyde. Greer made 30 appearances for Clyde and after impressing earned a move to then Premier League Blackburn Rovers for a fee of £250,000.
The defender failed to feature regularly at Ewood Park, playing two games for the club – although one was against Barcelona – which is a relatively impressive team to make your debut against. The defender was sent out on loan during the final year of his first spell with Rovers to Stockport County, but he only featured on five occasions for the club.
Greer moved back north of the border to Kilmarnock and made 107 appearances for the Scottish side in four years, becoming one of the first names on the teamsheet at Rugby Park.
The defender moved back to England in 2007 after choosing not to stay in Scotland and signed with South Yorkshire side, Doncaster Rovers. The defender struggled to make an impact at Doncaster however, and injuries mixed with bad fortune saw him feature for Rovers just 12 times in two years, which saw him loaned out to Swindon Town towards the back end of his time in South Yorkshire.
Swindon then moved to sign Greer for the 2009/10 season and he featured in every single league game for The Robins that season. He was made the team’s captain and led the club to the League One final that season – but he was sent off in the semi-finals and subsequently missed the final against Millwall. Swindon lost the game 1-0 and remained in League One.
Greer didn’t stick with the Robins for the second year of his contract and after Brighton & Hove Albion came calling, he signed for the Seagulls on a deal worth £250,000.
Greer went on to play for Brighton & Hove Albion for six years, from 2010 through to 2016 and he featured 209 times for the club on the South Coast. Greer captained Brighton and led them back into the Championship from League One in his first season with the club.
After impressing at Brighton, Scotland came calling and gave Greer his chance to play for the National team. Greer has featured 11 times for Scotland and boasts plenty of experience from his long career in the Football League and from the International games he has featured in.
Greer is currently a free agent and most recently played for Blackburn Rovers – making 21 appearances for the club last season. Following Rovers’ relegation to League One, Greer was released from Ewood Park and now is a free agent.
It’s clear the defender has had a long career in which he has gained plenty of experience. Whether he fits the mould of the type of defender who Stuart McCall wants to sign, we will only know in the coming weeks.