Jermaine Wright

Jermaine Wright is a midfielder who was born in Greenwich, London on 21st October 1975. He is the cousin of former Arsenal and England legend Ian Wright. Wright began his career at Millwall, but left to join Wolves in 1994 without making a single appearance for The Lions. He was a bit part player during his four year spell at Molineux. His only extended run of first team football came in 1995/96 when he was loaned to Doncaster Rovers. It wasn't until Wright moved to Crewe in 1998 that his career really took off. Alex boss Dario Gradi converted the former Millwall trainee from a winger into a central midfielder. It proved to be a stroke of genius. Wright was one of The Railwaymen's top performers in 1998/99, netting five times in 44 matches.

In July 1999 Wright joined George Burley's Ipswich Town for a fee of £500,000. He made his debut for The Tractor Boys on 7th August 1999 in a 3-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Ironically Wright's first Ipswich goal came in the dying minutes of a 2-1 win against his previous club Crewe on 19th February 2000. Wright helped Town reached promotion to the Premiership through the play-offs in his first season at the club. He missed just one match the following season as Ipswich finished in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a place in the Champions League. He was also part of the side that was relegated back to the second tier in 2001/02. That season also saw Wright start in the clubs famous 1-0 first leg UEFA Cup win over Inter Milan. He remained at Portman Road for another two years after the clubs relegation, and was in key man in 2003/04 when Town reached the play-offs.

In July 2004 Wright moved to Kevin Blackwell's Leeds United, who had just been relegated from the Premiership. Despite playing 34 matches in his first season at Elland Road, he was considered a major flop by most Leeds fans and was partially blamed for the clubs poor form. Wright fell out of favour in 2005/06 and was loaned to Championship strugglers Millwall in September. He made his debut for The Lions on September 13th 2005, over 10 years after he had left The Den to join Wolves. Ironically Wright's first appearance for Millwall came at Wolverhampton, and it couldn't have gone much better with Jermaine netting The Lions first in a 2-1 win. That was the clubs first win all season, and it's no coincidence that the fortunes of Colin Lee's side improved following Wright's arrival.

In February 2006 Wright linked up with his former Ipswich boss George Burley when he joined Southampton on loan. He made his debut on 10th February in a 2-0 loss at Reading, and performed well in the following 12 matches to earn him a permanent deal with the club in the summer of 2006. Wright featured in most of Saints matches of the 2006/07 and helped the club to a 6th place finish. He was one of the unsung heroes of the campaign for Burley's side, and did all the simple things well, keeping the midfield ticking. That's not to say he didn't have his critics amongst the St Marys faithful. He scored his first goal for the club on September 30th 2006 against QPR. Wright spent much of the 2007/08 season in the unfamiliar position of right back to mixed results. He was released from his contract on July 2nd 2008.

Blackpool signed Wright to a one year deal 11th July 2008. He started the first four matches of The Seasiders 2008/09 season, but suffered an Achilles injury on 23rd August in a 3-1 loss to Sheffield United which ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign. Blackpool announced his departure from the club on 9th June 2009.

Wright joined Croydon Athletic at the start of the 2010/11 campaign, before switching to Lewes in October 2010.