Dani Rodrigues

Dani Rodrigues is a Portuguese winger who was born in Madeira, Portugal on 3rd March 1980. He began his career at Feirense, making his breakthrough in 1998. In November that year Rodrigues joined Bournemouth on loan. After starring in 5-0 and 5-1 wins against Burnley and Peterborough it looked as if a permanent move to Dean Court was on the cards. That was until Southampton stepped in and signed Rodrigues in February 1999.

Rodrigues spent most of 1999/2000 in Southampton's reserve side, before making his debut as a second half substitute in a 2-1 home defeat to Leicester on April 29th 2000. He made his second and final appearance for Saints on 14th May 2000, a 2-0 win over Wimbledon.

Rodrigues joined Bristol City on loan in October 2000, but suffered a horrific leg break just 4 matches into his Ashton Gate spell, which severely hampered his progress as a footballer. Once the Portuguese had recovered he returned to Bristol City in December 2001, but struggled to make any sort of impact. He was released by Southampton in 2002.

Rodrigues signed with Walsall in July 2nd, but had his contract cut short just six months later after a solitary outing against Ipswich on August 10th 2002. The player then moved to Greece with Ionikos. He stayed there until March 2004 when Yeovil offered him a loan deal. Rodrigues scored four goals in as many games for the Glovers, catching the eye of Bournemouth boss Sean O'Driscoll in the process. Rodrigues rejoined Bournemouth in July 2004, and scored 4 times during 2004/05. He netted in a 5-0 win over Doncaster and then scored twice in a 3-3 draw at Blackpool. Rodrigues scored a further 3 the following campaign before he left the Cherries.

Rodrigues signed for New Zealand Knights in August 2006, but once again suffered injury agony after just a handful of games, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament. He returned to England for short stints in non-league with Eastleigh and Dorchester.

In 2007 Rodrigues moved to Cyprus with Digenis Akritas. Over the following few years he would continue to bounce around the Cypriot second division, representing the likes of Onisilos, ASIL Lysi, Omonia Aradippou and Doxa.

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