Garry Monk

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Garry Monk is an English central defender who was born in Bedford on 6th March 1979. Monk began his career at Torquay, making just 5 appearances at Plainmoor in 1995/96, before joining Southampton in July 1996. By 1997/98 he was a regular in the reserves at the Dell. He scored twice for Southampton's second string that season, against QPR and Charlton. Monk returned to Torquay for a brief loan stint at the start of the 1998/99 campaign. On 28th November 1998 he made his Saints debut in a 1-0 home loss to Derby. Monk featured sporadically over the next few months, but dropped out of sight following a 7-1 loss at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield in January 1999.

Monk joined Stockport for a month on loan in September 1999 after falling down the pecking order at Southampton. He didn't make his first appearance for Saints in 1999/2000 until January 16th (Exactly one year after his previous appearance) in a humiliating 5-0 loss at Newcastle. Monk started at right back in a 2-0 win over Everton the following week, but then drifted back into the reserves. He had a brief spell with Division 2 outfit Oxford in early 2001, before returning to The Dell at the end of the 2000/01 season. Monk filled in for Jason Dodd in wins against Man United and Arsenal. The defender was limited to just three appearances in 2001/02, as new Saints boss Gordon Strachan brought in Paul Williams as direct competition. Monk spent five months on loan at Sheffield Wednesday in 2002/03, but couldn't stop the club from being relegated to Division 2. He pulled on a Saints shirt for the final time in a 2-1 defeat at Charlton on 26th April 2003.

Garry Monk joined Barnsley in November 2003. An impressive loan spell led to a permanent transfer in February 2004. He scored his first professional goal for the Tykes on 16th December 2003 in an FA Cup victory over Bristol City.

On 4th July 2004 Monk signed for Swansea on a free transfer. He enjoyed a successful first season in Wales, missing only a small number of games (All through suspension). Monk was sent off three times during 2004/05, as Swansea clinched promotion to League 1. He was a key figure at the back yet again in 2005/06 as the Swans narrowly missed out on a second consecutive promotion, losing to Barnsley in the play-off final. Monk played only two matches the following campaign, after suffering a serious knee injury in August 2006. He returned in 2007/08 as captain for Roberto Martinez's League 1 title winning side. Monk was part of the Swansea sides that narrowly missed out on the Championship play-offs in 2009 and 2010. In 2009/10 the Swans conceded just 37 league goals with Monk at the heart of the defence. He went one better in 2010/11, helping the club win promotion to the Premier League, although he did miss months of the season through injury. On 17th September 2011 Monk became one of only a small number of players to have played for their club in all four divisions, after starting in a 3-0 win over West Brom at the Liberty Stadium.