Anthony Pulis

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Anthony Pulis is a midfielder who was born 21st July 1984. His father is Tony Pulis who has managed Stoke, Bristol City and Plymouth amongst others. Pulis began his footballing career at Portsmouth where his father was manager at the time. He turned professional in July 2003, by which time Pulis senior was no longer manager of the club and Harry Redknapp was in charge. Pulis made his one and only Pompey appearance as a substitute in a League Cup win at Cardiff.

Pulis was reunited with his father again in December 2004 when he signed for Championship side Stoke City. However he was quickly loaned out to Torquay where he made little impact. He only made three appearances for the club before returning to Stoke. By the time the 2005/06 season rolled around Pulis senior had left The Potters, and young Anthony found himself even further down the pecking order. After failing to impress on trial at Doncaster, Pulis once again joined up with his dad (Noticing a pattern here?) this time on loan at Plymouth. Pulis Snr was reappointed manager of Stoke in June 2006. During the 2006/07 Pulis played his first ever game for the club he had been at for two years. He was also loaned out to Grimsby this season, but once again failed to impress. He finally did something worthwhile the next season when he put in a decent performance for Stoke as a second half substitute in a 3-2 defeat at Southampton. Pulis put in the corner for The Potters second goal. However any hope of a run in the first team was hampered by injury. Pulis also made a single appearance on loan for Bristol Rovers during the 2007/08.

Pulis was reunited with his father again in December 2004 when he signed for Championship side Stoke City. However he was quickly loaned out to Torquay where he made little impact. He only made three appearances for the club before returning to Stoke. By the time the 2005/06 season rolled around Pulis senior had left The Potters, and young Anthony found himself even further down the pecking order. After failing to impress on trial at Doncaster, Pulis once again joined up with his dad (Noticing a pattern here?) this time on loan at Plymouth. Pulis Snr was reappointed manager of Stoke in June 2006. During the 2006/07 Pulis played his first ever game for the club he had been at for two years. He was also loaned out to Grimsby this season, but once again failed to impress. He finally did something worthwhile the next season when he put in a decent performance for Stoke as a second half substitute in a 3-2 defeat at Southampton. Pulis put in the corner for The Potters second goal. However any hope of a run in the first team was hampered by injury. Pulis also made a single appearance on loan for Bristol Rovers during the 2007/08./p>

Pulis finally left his father’s side in August 2008 to join Southampton. Pulis was brought to Saints after Andrew Davies had moved in the other direction. Saints were in deep financial trouble at the time so recruitment options were limited. Despite the team struggling for the whole season, Pulis failed to make a competitive appearance. In fairness some of that time he was injured, but it was clear the former Wales under 21 international was not up to the standard required. If he had anything to offer at all he would have surely been given at least one chance to show what he could do. Pulis was restricted to just friendly appearances, where he looked reasonably competent against non league opposition.

Pulis made the bench for the first game of the 2009/10 League One season for Saints against Millwall, but remained an unused substitute. Shortly after he had a loan spell at Lincoln City, who were struggling in League Two under Chris Sutton. Once his loan deal at Lincoln expired in January he returned to Southampton but failed to make an appearance in the first team for the rest of the season.

Pulis injured his shoulder after landing awkwardly in a pre season friendly at Farnborough in July 2010. The injury wasn’t as bad as originally feared for Pulis however, although he did miss the rest of the pre season programme. He joined League Two strugglers Stockport in October 2010, scoring his first ever competitive goal on his debut. Shortly after returning from his loan at Edgely Park, Pulis joined fellow strugglers Barnet. This time Pulis wasn’t so lucky in his opening match however, earning himself a red card.

On 31st May 2011 Southampton announced Pulis was to leave to club. He signed with Aldershot on a free transfer on 1st August 2011.