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Anton Ferdinand

Defender

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Biography

Date of birth

18/02/1985

Signed

11/08/2014

Country

England

Brother to the former Manchester United centre-back and England captain Rio Ferdinand, Anton began his career with West Ham United whom he joined up with from the early age of nine.

Ferdinand progressed through their famed Academy to sign a professional contract in 2002. He was given his senior debut by Hammers manager Glenn Hoddle in August 2003, starting at the back in a 2-1 away victory against Preston North End.

The following season he cemented himself as a regular within the defensive line. Playing 36 times he scored on the final day of the season as West Ham overcame Watford 2-1 to ensure themselves residence in the play-offs, and the chance to return to the Premier League after a two year absence.

Ferdinand played in both legs of the semis, and the final at Wembley, as a 1-0 win against Preston handed West Ham promotion and a first major honour for the Peckham-born defender.

Before leaving for Sunderland in August 2008, he had made 89 Premier League appearances for the Hammers and played in the 2006 FA Cup Final against Liverpool at the Millennium Stadium.

On arrival at the Stadium of Light, the eight-million-pound defender fit straight into centre back duties alongside Danny Collins, playing 36 times in his inaugural season.

A move to Queen’s Park Rangers emerged at the start of the 2011/12 campaign after Ferdinand dropped down the pecking order under newly appointed Black Cats manager Steve Bruce.

Spells abroad with Bursaspor, Antalyaspor and Police United followed 46(+3) appearances at Loftus Road. Then in August 2014, Ferdinand returned to these shores to sign a two-year contract with our Championship outfit on a free transfer.

He made his debut for the Royals that November, playing the first 45 in our 3-0 win over Rotherham at Madejski stadium – however suffering from multiple hamstring injuries has hampered his playing time in blue and white hoops thus far.

The experienced defender has recently spent the summer training with Chicago Fire and on the back of our pre-season trip to Thailand, hopes are high for Ferdinand to be in the best possible condition coming into the start of the new campaign.

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