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Former Player: Jamie Redknapp

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Jamie Redknapp started his career as a youth team player at Tottenham, but he turned down a professional contract with the club to move to Bournemouth, who famous father Harry Redknapp was managing at the time. After just 13 appearances for the club, and at the age of just 17, Redknapp drew the attention of Liverpool, who shelled out £350,000 for the youngster, making him one of the most expensive teenagers in the world at the time.

Redknapp was the last player Kenny Dalglish brought to the club before resigning. He made his debut in 1991 and became the youngest Liverpool player to play in Europe shortly afterwards. Redknapp didn’t take long to establish himself at Liverpool, and became something of a pinup, constantly appearing in advertising campaigns and other aspects of the media, becoming one of the few footballers to ever spend time on the catwalk as well as the pitch. During 11 years for the club Redknapp made 308 appearances and became a cult hero at Anfield. He was known for his incredible passing skills and dazzling goals.

Redknapp moved to Tottenham on a free transfer in 2002 after falling out of favour at Liverpool with injury problems blighting his last seasons. He made 49 appearances for Spurs in three years, but when dad Harry took over at Southampton in 2005 he became his first signing for the club.

He made 16 appearances for Dad’s Southampton, but aged just 32 Jamie retired from the game, still plagued by injury problems. Redknapp’s career was illustrious in spite of being cut so short, however the type of player he was, he could surely have played many more games at a high level of football.

Jamie played 17 times for his country, scoring once. Again, a figure that would have been higher if it weren’t for cruel injury problems.

Though his footballing career was cut short, Jamie has made a big name for himself. He married popstar Louise in 1998 and the couple have two boys. Jamie has appeared in numerous advertising campaigns with his model family. Jamie is a brilliant football pundit and continues to do great work for Sky Sports, at the age of 38 he still has a long career ahead of him and has dabbled in coaching, don’t be surprised if he crops up as manager of clubs in the future, following in his father’s successful footsteps.

Jamie Redknapp, The North Stand salutes you!

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