Joel Porter

Football player infobox
playername= Joel Porter
fullname = Joel Porter


dateofbirth = birth date and age|1978|12|25|df=y
cityofbirth = Adelaide
countryofbirth = Australia
height = height|m=1.75
currentclub = Hartlepool United
clubnumber = 10
position = Striker
youthyears =
youthclubs = Croydon Kings
years = 1998-1999
2000-2002
2002-2003
2003-present
clubs = West Adelaide
Melbourne Knights
Sydney Olympic
Hartlepool United
caps(goals) = 20 0(3)
56 (24)
32 0(8)
97 (28)
nationalyears = 2002
nationalteam = flagicon|Australia Australia
nationalcaps(goals) = 04 0(6)
pcupdate = 7 August 2007
ntupdate = 7 August 2007

Joel Porter (born 25 December 1978) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a striker for Hartlepool United in Football League One.

Club career

Australia

Before joining Hartlepool United, Porter had previously played for Croydon Kings, West Adelaide, Melbourne Knights and Sydney Olympic. During his final season at Sydney Olympic Porter managed to score 6 goals in 19 starts, having played many of those matches as a midfielder.

Hartlepool United

Porter decided to look to Europe in a bid to find a club. Porter almost signed for Rayo Vallecano but the Spanish La Liga club were unprepared to take a gamble by signing him after doubts arouse over his fitness. After previously having trials in England with Wigan Athletic and Sunderland, before visa problems prevented them, Porter finally signed for Hartlepool.

Porter made his Hartlepool début against Swindon Town and scored his first goal against Burton Albion shortly afterwards during a live televised FA Cup match. Hartlepool manager Neale Cooper decided to offer him an 18-month contract at the end of 2003. However Porter struggled to score in his first season and only notched up 5 goals in 31 appearances. Porter’s fifth goal for the club was perhaps one of the most important as it earned Hartlepool a draw in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Bristol City.

During the following 2004/2005 season, Porter became a fan favourite and was a massive success. After a slow start he forced his way into the team after coming on as a substitute against Doncaster Rovers and scoring two late goals. This earned him a place alongside Adam Boyd in the Hartlepool line-up. He then went on to notch 14 goals in 37 appearances. Porter’s performances earned him the Hartlepool United’s Fans’ Player of the Year award. His performances attracted the attention of a host of Australian clubs such as Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix FC who wanted to see him return home to play in the newly formed A-League. Porter was closely linked to sign with the Phoenix, however Hartlepool elected to invoke the team option to resign him for one more year.

In the 2005/06 season, Porter struggled with a long-term knee injury that lasted 10 months and prevented him from playing for the majority of the season. Porter returned to Hartlepool squad after 10 months injured and came on as a substitute against Huddersfield, scoring after 6 minutes to mark his return. However, his return could not prevent Hartlepool from being relegated from Football League One.

International career

Porter also represented Australia in the 2002 Oceania Cup where he went on to make 4 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 6 goals in the process and finished as his country’s top scorer. Porter was gifted the chance to play in the tournament as Soccer Australia couldn’t afford to fund for its bigger overseas stars to play.

External links

* [http://www.hartlepoolunited.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10326~29378,00.html Hartlepool United profile ]
* [http://www.inthemadcrowd.co.uk/itmc_view_person.asp?oid=965 Joel Porter profile] at [http://www.inthemadcrowd.co.uk/ In The Mad Crowd]
* [http://www.hartlepool.vitalfootball.co.uk/player.asp?p=372 Vital Hartlepool profile]
* [http://www.ozfootball.net/ark/Players/P/PO.html Oz Football profile]


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