Darren Carter

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Darren Carter is a midfielder who was born in Solihull on 18th December 1983. He began his career at Birmingham City, making his debut for the Blues on 29th January 2002 in a 1-0 loss at West Brom. Carter scored his first goal on 10th April 2002 in a 3-1 win over Crewe, and hit the winning penalty at the Millennium Stadium on 12th May 2002 in the Division One play-off final against Norwich.

Young Carter was used sparingly by Steve Bruce in Birmingham's first two seasons in the top flight. The midfielder enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Championship outfit Sunderland in 2004. Carter scored on his debut for the Black Cats in a 3-1 win over Preston on 18th September. He returned to St Andrews at the end of the year, and started in the club's derby day victory at Aston Villa on December 12th. Carter kept his place in the Blues side for the remainder of 2004/05, scoring goals against Fulham, Leeds and Tottenham.

In July 2005 Carter signed for West Brom for £1,500,000. He made his debut in a 3-2 defeat against former club Birmingham on 27th August 2005. Carter opened his account for Bryan Robson's side when he scored the winner against Arsenal on 15th October 2005. He was unable to stop the Baggies from dropping out of the Premiership in 2006, but did help the club reach the Championship play-off final the following year.

Carter signed for Preston in August 2007. He made his debut for North End on 11th August 2007 in a 0-0 draw with Norwich. Carter made a decent start to his Deepdale career, scoring three times in the month of October. On 17th February 2008 his last minute own goal knocked Preston out of the fifth round of the FA Cup, at the hands of eventual winners Portsmouth. He made amends on 4th March when he hit the winner in the dying stages at Leicester. Carter's 2008/09 season was interrupted by a series of injury problems, although he did return for the club's play-off semi final defeat to Sheffield United in May. Following the arrival of Darren Ferguson in 2009/10, Carter fell out of favour at Deepdale, and was transfer listed in the summer of 2010.

In July 2010 Carter joined Southampton on trial. Despite a solid display in a friendly at Barnet on July 27th, he did not sign for Alan Pardew's side. Instead Carter joined Millwall on a three month loan deal. He was sent off on his debut for the Lions in a 3-0 win at Bristol City on August 7th. Carter was given another chance at Preston in January 2011 when Darren Ferguson was replaced by Phil Brown. He marked his return to the club with a goal in an FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest on 8th January. Carter kept his place in the side, but could do nothing to stop an inevitable relegation.

Carter spent much of 2011/12 training with Birmingham in an attempt to regain fitness.