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Darren Pratley



Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 22/04/1985
Height: 6' 1' (185cm)
Weight: 10st 12lbs (69.0kg)
Previous Clubs: Brentford (loan), Fulham
Position: Midfielder

Darren Started his career with Fulham in 2003, he showed much promise at craven cottage but was unable to break into the first team. Darren was a much sought after player and many clubs tried to secure his services on a loan basis. In his time at Fulham he was the Reserves Captain, he also made one premiership appearance and one Carling cup appearance for the Craven Cottage outfit.

Swansea City were one of those clubs however, Darren decided to make a short hop over to Griffin Park than a move to South Wales. Pratley impressed the bees and made 46 appearances and scored 5 goals for Brentford.

Darren headed back to the cottage with hope that he could break into the first team but it was not meant to be.

Swansea made another approach to Fulham to secure his services and at the second time of asking we signed him for a fee of 100,000. He has been an influential player in the centre of the park and has even taken over the captain's armband from injured Defender Garry Monk. Darren has impressed at his time so far at the Liberty with his excellent distribution, Work rate, strength and intelligent play have all been key areas of strength in Darren's Play. He has been sidelined for a part of the season due to injury.

He is a 'workhorse' and covers a lot of mileage in his games. Every move has to start with him but other players do not make themselves readily available for a pass. A second midfielder who can start an attack is needed so that the responsibility is shared.
Willow
Pros bags of energy, not a bad passer of the ball one of our best players. cons sometimes doesn't play to his potential.
Aspaulhill

another good signing always works hard and gives 100% but sometiems i feel he does too much and tries to get too involved and he goes to the ball instead of moving to try and find space."
Josho

Slightly overrated. Not the best technically but is still young, still think he'll need to improve to merit a place in the team next year."
Murton Jack
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Date:Thursday April 12 2007

Time: 3:32PM

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I also agree with MJ that he's slightly overrated. Has showed glimpses of promise but he's too defensive. Hopefully for next season we'll have all our injured midfielders fit and ready - plenty of competition for places!
KevinE
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13/04/2007 15:48:00

souds amazing can't wacit to see him in actoion
mumblesjack98
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