Ex-Chelsea footballer has been sent out on staggering 13 loans and he’s only 30
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Former Chelsea footballer Michael Hector has been sent out on a staggering 13 loans and he is only 30-years-old.
The Jamaican defender is currently without a club after being released by newly promoted Fulham at the end of last season following two-and-a-half years at Craven Cottage. His spell with Fulham also put an end to a run of 13 loans across 11 years after joining Reading from non-league Thurrock in 2009 at the age of 16.
Hector was sent out on loan nine times in the next five years by the Royals, including three times in one season, before making his debut in 2014.
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Those loans included stints back in non-league as well as in both Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. After finally making his Reading debut, Hector went on to make 93 appearances for the club, more than he has achieved at any of his 15 other senior clubs.
His performances for Reading caught the attention of Premier League giants Chelsea, who signed a then 23-year-old Hector for just under £5million in the summer of 2015 before immediately loaning him back to Reading.
He went on to be loaned out a further three times by the Blues, who sent him to Eintracht Frankfurt, Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday before being sold to Fulham for a small profit in January 2020.
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During his time at Stamford Bridge, Hector failed to make a single first team or reserve team appearance for Chelsea before departing.
Hector would play 35 times for Jamaica, though, having made his international debut two months before completing his move from Reading. However, he has not been capped by his country since July last year.
Despite his struggle for a permanent club to call home, Hector has won two trophies during his career, beginning with the Scottish League Cup in 2014 during his loan spell at Aberdeen.
He was also part of the Fulham side which won promotion to the Premier League as champions last season, although he made just four league appearances during the campaign.
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