Where are they now? (Part One – Senior Players 2009-2014)

Marc-Antoine Fortuné

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Age now: 35

Current Club: Southend United (League One)

Joined Albion: 2009 loan from AS Nancy, 2010 permanent from Celtic

Left Albion: Released 2013 following loan spell at Doncaster Rovers, joined Wigan Athletic

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Followed Mowbray to Celtic following his initial loan spell before being sold to Albion
  • Spent 2 seasons at Wigan making 71 appearances but with only 5 goals
  • Signed a 1 year contract at Coventry City in September 2015
  • Recently joined Southend United following a trial

Zoltán Gera

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Age now: 37

Current Club: Ferencváros (Nemzeti Bajnokság I)

Joined Albion: 2004 from Ferencváros / 2011 following release from Fulham

Left Albion: 2008 free transfer to Fulham / 2014 contract expired

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Spent 3 seasons at Fulham between his spells at Albion
  • Joined Ferencváros in 2014 and has assisted them in winning the Hungarian League, Hungarian Cup and Hungarian Super Cup – making 59 appearances in 2 seasons
  • He is still playing International Football, currently with 93 senior caps. Represented Hungary as Vice Captain at Euro 2016 and scored a stunning goal against Portugal……Gera Goal v Portugal

Leon Barnett

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Age now: 30

Current Club: Bury (League One)

Joined Albion: 2007 from Luton Town

Left Albion: 2011 to Norwich after loan spells at Norwich and Coventry

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Joined Norwich during the Paul Lambert era. Spent one season in the Championship before gaining promotion. Norwich went on to stay up but Barnett’s appearances got rarer and rarer
  • Had a short loan spell at Cardiff City before being recalled by Norwich, then was sold to Wigan Athletic in 2013
  • Spent 3 seasons at Wigan from 2013-2016, making 81 appearances. Wigan were relegated to League Two at the end of the 2014-15 season. His contract expired in July 2016
  • Joined Bury in July 2016

Roman Bednář

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Age now: 33

Current Club: Retired

Joined Albion: 2007 on loan from Hearts, made permanent 2008

Left Albion: 2012 to Blackpool on free transfer, following loan spells at Leicester and Ankaragücü

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Signed 6 month deal at Blackpool in 2012, pairing up with ex Albion team mate Kevin Phillips
  • Had spells at Sivasspor and Sparta Prague between 2012 and 2015
  • Last club appears to have been 1. FK Příbram but now retired

Ishmael Miller

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Age now: 29

Current Club: Free agent – contract expired at Huddersfield Town

Joined Albion: 2007 on loan from Manchester City, made permanent 2008

Left Albion: 2011 to Nottingham Forest, following loan spell at QPR

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Spent 1 season playing regularly for Nottingham Forest, before being loaned out for the next 2 seasons to Middlesbrough and Yeovil Town
  • Signed a 1 year deal at Blackpool in 2014
  • Joined Huddersfield Town in February 2015. His contract expired June 2016

Filipe Teixeira

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Age now: 36

Current Club: Astra Giurgiu (Liga I)

Joined Albion: 2007 from Académica de Coimbra

Left Albion: 2010 to Metalurh Donetsk following loan at Barnsley

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Joined FC Metalurh Donetsk in 2010 before being loaned to FC Braşov in 2011
  • Signed for AFC Rapid București in 2011 but was released when club entered administration in 2013, and joined Al-Shaab CSC for the rest of the season
  • Signed for FC Petrolul Ploiești in the summer of 2013 and helped them gain qualification for the Champions League
  • Currently plays for Astra Giurgiu and assisted with them winning Liga I and the Supercupa României in 2016

Jerome Thomas

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Age now: 33

Current Club: Port Vale (League One)

Joined Albion: Free agent in 2009 following release by Portsmouth

Left Albion: Released 2013 after loan spell with Leeds

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Signed for Crystal Palace in the Premier League in 2013. Made just 10 appearances before being released in 2015
  • Signed for Rotherham in February 2016 until the end of the season to help them avoid relegation from the Championship under Neil Warnock
  • Joined Port Vale in League One on a 1 year deal in July 2016

Gonzalo Jara Reyes

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Age now: 31

Current Club: Universidad de Chile (Primera División of Chile)

Joined Albion: 2009 from Colo-Colo

Left Albion: Released in 2013, joined Nottingham Forest

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Was released from Nottingham Forest in 2014 following a 1 year deal
  • Joined Mainz 05 until January 2016 when he ended his contract by mutual consent and signed for Universidad de Chile
  • Still active in International football for Chile. Recently played in the Copa America 2015 but got banned for several games for messing with Edinson Cavani’s arse hole

Steven Reid

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Age now: 35

Current Club: Retired – First Team Coach at Reading

Joined Albion: on loan from Blackburn March 2010, made permanent May 2010

Left Albion: released 2014, joined Burnley

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Joined Burnley on a 1 year deal following their promotion to the Premier League in 2014
  • Retired May 2015 following Burnley’s relegation
  • Appointed First Team Coach at Reading in June 2015 under Steve Clarke but stayed on following Clarke’s dismissal

Somen Tchoyi

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Age now: 33

Current Club: UFC Markt Allhau (Burgenlandliga)

Joined Albion: 2010 from Red Bull Salzburg

Left Albion: 2012, joined FC Augsburg

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Joined FC Augsburg on a short term deal in 2013
  • Spent time at Arema Cronous in 2014 and SV Austria Salzburg in 2015
  • Joined UFC Markt Allhau in July 2016

Abdoulaye Méïté

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Age now: 36

Current Club: free agent, contract terminated at SJK Seinäjoki August 2016

Joined Albion: 2008 from Bolton Wanderers

Left Albion: released 2011, joined  Dijon FCO

Post Albion Career Summary: 

  • Left Dijon FCO after 1 season following their relegation to Ligue 2
  • Spent the 2013-14 season at FC Honka making 25 appearances
  • Had short spells at Doncaster Rovers in 2014 and Ross County in 2015
  • Joined SJK Seinäjoki on 1 year deal in February 2016 but was released in August 2016

Gabriel Tamaș

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Age now: 32

Current Club: Steaua București (Liga I)

Joined Albion: January 2010 on loan from AJ Auxerre, made permanent May 2010

Left Albion: contract terminated in 2013

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Joined CFR Cluj in 2013 – lasted 1 week until his contract was ended due to an incident at local pub
  • Spent 2013-14 season at Doncaster Rovers and 2014-15 season at Watford
  • In 2015 he joined Steaua București – lasted a few months before contract was ended due to regularly not turning up to training after drinking with friends
  • Joined Cardiff City in August 2015 but left by mutual agreement in February 2016 after spending most of his time in the development squad
  • Returned to Steaua Bucuresti in 2016 with strict conditions relating to his issues with alcohol

Luke Moore

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Age now: 30

Current Club: free agent, released by Toronto FC in 2016

Joined Albion: February 2008 on loan from Aston Villa, made permanent June 2008

Left Albion: 2011 to Swansea City, following loan spell at Derby County

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Joined Swansea City in 2011, making 55 appearances and scoring 8 goals in 3 years. His contract was terminated in August 2013
  • Spent 1 month at Elazığspor before leaving due to financial regulations
  • Moved to the MLS with Chivas USA in February 2014, before being traded to Colarado Rapids in May 2014 and subsequently traded to Toronto FC
  • Spent 2 seasons at Toronto making 42 appearances and scoring 7 goals before being released in February 2016

Borja Valero

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Age now: 31

Current Club: Fiorentina (Serie A)

Joined Albion: 2008 from Mallorca

Left Albion: 2011 to Villareal, following a loan spell

Post Albion Career Summary:

  • Left Villareal in 2012 following their relegation to the Segunda División
  • Joined Fiorentina and helped them reach Europa League qualification in the 2012-13 season. In 2013-14 he was named in the ‘Goal.com Serie A Team of the Season’
  • He still plays for Fiorentina and had made over 130 appearances
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