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Kaspars Gorkss is a Latvian international defender with plenty of experience in gaining promotion to the Premier League, despite having only made 14 appearances in the competition itself.
He started his promotion adventures when he joined Blackpool in January 2007, having spent his previous career with clubs such as Ventspils where he became a Latvian Higher League winner, Öster, and his hometown club Auda Rīga where he equated nine goals in 77 league appearances.
He stepped out for the Seasiders 13 times in the 2006/07 season helping the club grasp the League One Play-offs where they gained promotion by beating Yeovil 2-0 in the final.
The following year Gorkss was invaluable, netting eight times from central defence as his sturdy performances aided Blackpool in avoiding the drop by just two points.
On 28th July 2008 after some complications a deal was finalised that brought Gorkss to Loftus Road, official signing as a QPR player for a £250,000 fee, Daniel Nardiello and Zesh Rehman going in the other direction.
A solid component in the back four at Rangers he was a consistent performer, making over 120 starts and scoring six goals in his four year spell. After extending his contract in September 2010, he once again obtained promotion, this time exchanging League One for the Championship.
However he was on the move once again in August 2011, after a successful ending to his time at Loftus Road he joined Hooped Rivals Reading on a three-year contract.
He appeared in 42 consecutive games during his debut year, scoring his first Royals’ goal against Ipswich in November.
He formed a solid defensive wall with Alex Pearce that season which lead the Royals to only our second top flight season since being founded way back in 1871 – for Gorkss it was back-to-back Championship winners’ medals and a chance to play in the Premier League for the first time in his career.
Upon scoring against his predecessors at Loftus Road in November he became only the second Latvian to score in England’s first Division.
He completed a short spell on loan to Wolves in 2013 before being released by the Royals at the end of the following season. During his time in Berkshire he made 86(+1) appearances and scored eight times from the back of the park.