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11 seasons, 15 loans, 15 clubs later, Jamaica international Hector finally plays in Premier League

By Sports Desk September 12, 2020
Fulham's Michael Hector, left, and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles vie for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Arsenal in London, Fulham's Michael Hector, left, and Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles vie for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Fulham and Arsenal in London,

Jamaica international Michael Hector lost on English Premier League (EPL) debut for promoted Fulham United, but for the player, the fixture itself marked the end of a long journey to topflight football that took 11 seasons and 15 clubs.

The 28-year-old centre half, who has featured for Jamaica in recent Gold Cup campaigns, was first signed for Reading in 2009 but amazingly went out on loan every season for his six years at the club.  While at Reading, where he resigned in 2012, Hector was loaned to Bracknell Town, Didcot Town, Havant & Waterlooville, Oxford City, Horsham, Dundalk, Barnet, Shrewsbury Town, Aldershot Town, Cheltenham Town, and Aberdeen.

In 2015, things seemed to be looking up for the player when he was snapped up by then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on deadline day, after watching him on loan at Aberdeen.  It seemed the much-travelled defender was now destined to appear in the topflight.

 Hector was, however, immediately loaned back to Reading.  He returned to Chelsea and trained with the first team ahead of the new season but was loaned out to German club Eintracht Frankfurt.  Next up for Hector, was a loan spell at Hull City and he joined Sheffield Wednesday the following season.  He, however, impressed at Sheffield and was named the club's Player of the Year at end of that season.

In December of last year, he joined Fulham for an undisclosed fee.  He settled well into the new team and on August 5th, 2020, he started the 2020 EFL Championship play-off final, which promoted Fulham back to the Premier League.  The player started again for Fulham on the team’s debut, on Saturday, and despite a 3-0 loss to Arsenal must feel some amount of satisfaction to be playing his first match in the Premier League.

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