Former Port Vale and Stoke City striker Martin Paterson signs for Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Former Port Vale and Stoke City striker Martin Paterson has made his way to America as he has signed a full contract with USL side Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The 29-year old signed for the American side just before the end of the transfer window for the league and is eligible to start the season with his new club.

Paterson impressed the Rowdies after a thorough trial period, which included him participating in a friendly against the University of Tampa Spartans, which Tampa Bay won thanks to a goal from the Englishman.

The striker joined Vale at the end of last summer on a four-month contract but was unable to make the needed appearances for the Sky Bet League One side as he started his spell with an unfortunate injury.

Paterson only managed to make 17 appearances for the side, with 12 of those being from the start and five as a substitute. In his time at Vale, he managed to score two goals.

The experienced attacker started his career at the Stoke City academy and played 16 first-team games before moving on in the summer of 2007 to Scunthorpe United.

He then moved to Burnley, where he scored 19 goals and won promotion to the Premier League, after winning the play-offs in 2009.

Injury problems hindered the striker’s opportunities in the Premier League as he tore a medial ligament in his knee whilst playing in the season’s opening game.

Paterson’s injuries subsequently saw his career jump from loan spell to loan spell with stints at Huddersfield Town, Bristol City, Fleetwood Town, Orlando City and Blackpool.

Paterson’s new side, the Rowdies, finished in seventh place in the National American Soccer League meaning they did not qualify for the play-offs.

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