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Grzegorz Rasiak

Grzegorz Rasiak is a Polish striker who was born in Szczecian, Poland on 12th January 1979. Rasiak started his senior career in Poland with Warta Poznan in 1996, where he spent two years. He then had another two year spell at GKS Belchatow, before moving to Odra Wodzislaw. It wasn't until Rasiak moved to Dyskobolia Grodzisk in 2001 that he really made a name for himself. Rasiak scored 34 goals in 66 appearances over three years for Grodzisk. His impressive form earned him his first International cap for Poland in February 2002, when he lined up against Faroe Islands.

Rasiak joined English Championship outfit Derby County on 24TH September 2004, for a free transfer, after a move to Serie A side Siena collapsed. He made his debut on 25th September against Wigan, and scored his opening goal for The Rams on 16th October against Watford. Rasiak netted 17 times in total in his first season at Pride Park, and helped Derby reach the play-offs.

Rasiak signed with Premiership Tottenham on 31st August 2005, having played his final match at Derby just two days earlier. The Pole was a huge flop at White Hart Lane however, failing to score in 9 matches for Spurs. In February 2006, Rasiak was loaned to Southampton, who were managed by his former Derby boss George Burley. Rasiak first appearance for Saints came in a 2-0 defeat at Reading on February 10th 2006. He scored four goals in total during his loan spell at St Marys, with the first coming against Sheffield Wednesday on 25th February. Rasiak was also involved in Poland's 2006 World Cup squad, and made one cameo appearance in a 2-1 victory over Costa Rica.

George Burley paid £2million to bring Rasiak to Southampton on a permanent basis in May 2006. Rasiak repaid much of that hefty transfer fee by banging in 21 goals for Saints in 2006/07. Remarkably, the vast majority of his goals came away from home. Although Rasiak was scoring goals for fun, he failed to win over some of the St Mary's faithful with his poor workrate. Still, Rasiak scored in the last minute of the second leg play-off semi final against former club Derby to send the game into extra time (Saints later lost on penalties).

Rasiak was less successful in front of goal during 2007/08, scoring just six times for Southampton in the first half of the campaign. On January 31st 2008, The Pole made the surprise move to Premiership Bolton on loan, after The Trotters had sold Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea. Rasiak's second spell in the Premiership was just as unsuccessful as his first. He failed to find the net in seven appearances for Gary Megson's side.

After returning to Southampton in the summer of 2008, Rasiak was loaned to Watford on 15th August. He made his debut on 16th August against Charlton, and scored his first goal for The Hornets on 25th October in a 3-2 home defeat to Wolves. Rasiak scored 10 in 25 for Watford in 2008/09. Manager Brendan Rogers wanted to bring the striker in permanently, but failed to reach an agreement with Southampton.

Rasiak made four appearances for Saints at the start of the 2009/10 season, but it was no secret that the Polish international was looking for a move away from St Marys. That move came on 27th August, when Championship side Reading took Rasiak to The Madejski Stadium for an undisclosed fee. He made his Royals debut at Barnsley in a 3-1 defeat on 29th August. On 26th September Grzegorz's first ever Reading goal ironically came against former club Watford. The Pole was largely disappointing for the Berkshire club however, and was stuck on the bench most of the time in the final months of the campaign. He scored 9 goals in total that season.

Rasiak was given a free transfer to Cyprus based outfit AEL Limassol on 20th August 2010. He struggled in his first campaign though, failing to find the net a single time. He trained with Charlton Athletic in August 2011, but wasn't offered a contract. Instead Rasiak returned to Poland to sign for Jagiellonia Bialystok in October 2011

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