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The Crusaders are pleased to announce the signing of Anton Rodgers

By Matt Robinson

Son of Brendan Rodgers, Anton joins the Crusaders!

Herring and Boardman have pulled off a fantastic signing and look forward to welcoming Attacking Midfielder Anton Rodgers to the squad.

Rodgers trained with the Crusaders last week and said he just wanted to get back to playing football after leaving Swindon Town at the end of last season.

Rodgers has stayed fit whilst training with Wycombe Wanderers and featured in pre-season for his Father at Celtic in a friendly against BW Linz in Austria winning 1-0.

24 year old Rodgers will come straight into the squad for Saturday's home game versus Havant & Waterlooville.

Rodgers career to date:

Brighton and Hove Albion
Rodgers signed an eight-year contract with Brighton & Hove Albion's development squad during May 2011 after being released by Chelsea Academy. Rodgers made his professional debut for Brighton in an FA Cup match against Wrexham on 7 January 2012. On 20 March 2013, Rodgers joined League Two side Exeter City on an initial two-month loan deal. Rodgers made his professional League debut for Exeter on 9 April during a 4–1 defeat at Rotherham United, appearing as a 70th-minute substitute.

On 21 May 2013, Rodgers was released by Brighton, along with former Chelsea team-mate Ben Sampayo.

Oldham Athletic
On 12 July 2013, Rodgers signed for League One side Oldham Athletic on a one-year contract. On 10 August 2013, Rodgers made his Oldham debut in their 1–0 home defeat against Walsall, replacing James Dayton in the 74th minute. On 3 September 2013, Rodgers was given his first Oldham start in their Football League Trophy away tie against Shrewsbury Town, featuring for 71 minutes before being replaced by David Mellor. The game resulted in a 4–1 victory for the visitors with Danny Philliskirk scoring a hat-trick.

Rodgers was released by Oldham at the end of the 2013–14 season after limited appearances in the first team.

Swindon Town
On 17 July 2014, preceding his release from Oldham, Rodgers joined League One side Swindon Town. On 23 September 2014, Rodgers made his Swindon debut in a Football League Trophy 2–1 victory over Newport County, in which he replaced Louis Thompson in the 58th minute. A month later, Rodgers scored on his league debut for the club in their 3–2 home defeat against Rochdale, netting the game's opener in the 35th minute.

In June 2017, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers fielded his son, Anton, as a trialist during the Scottish champions' 1-0 friendly win over BW Linz in Austria. He is a free agent after leaving Swindon Town.

International career
Rodgers has been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland U19, making his début against Luxembourg on 7 October 2010. He is eligible to play for England through birth, and Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland through parentage.

Updated 15:06 - 10 Aug 2018 by Mike Hall

Where next?

Match commentary live today Follow the match on Crusaders Live Radio
ACADEMY OPEN EVENING Thursday 9th November, 6pm to 9pm at Park House School (Newbury) for students in Year 11 seeking to join the Academy in Sep 2018.


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