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

Marc-Antoine Fortuné


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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