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Potter, Darren

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by Dave Usher

Date of Birth - 21/12/84
Nationality - Irish
Position - Midfield
Cost - Nothing
Games - 17
Goals - 0
Club Hons (Lpool) - 2005 Champions League
Club Hons (Other) - None
Intnl Hons - Ireland Youth, U21 Caps
Other Clubs - Southampton (loan), Wolves, Sheffield Wednesday

A tall, elegant midfield player with a lot of ability on the ball, Kirkdale lad Darren went to Alsop High School, where the young Gerard Houllier once taught French all those years ago He has Irish roots though, and represented Ireland at youth and U21 level.

A former captain of the Liverpool Schools side, he was released by Everton as a 15 year old. Their loss proved to be Liverpool's gain, as Potter made the reds first team before being sold on to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Potter was promoted a year early from the u17's to u19 level and made the step up without any problems. He became a regular in the reserve team shortly after, and was promoted to train at Melwood with the first team at the start of the 2003/04 season. He had an excellent year for the reserves playing either on the right of midfield or in the centre, and immediately caught the eye of new boss Rafa Benitez, who handed him his senior debut in the CL qualifier in Graz.

Darren was given further run outs in the Carling Cup, where he played a significant part in the victories over Millwall, Boro and Spurs. With so many international midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order, it was always going to be tough for Darren to make the first team on a regular basis, and he was sent out on loan to Southampton and Wolves before signing permanently for the Midlanders in January 2007.

He spent three years in the Black Country before moving to Sheffield Wednesday, where he was re-united with his former Academy team-mates Jon Otsemobor and Neil Mellor.

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