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Worksop re-sign ex-Doncaster, Derby, Leeds, Ipswich, Rotherham, Oldham, Crewe midfielder

Worksop Town re-sign ex-Doncaster, Derby, Leeds, Ipswich, Rotherham, Oldham, Crewe midfielder Paul Green, bringing him out of retirement.

Green spent seven years at Doncaster, where he played more than 250 matches and won three promotions in five years (from the non league to the Championship) as well as winning the EFL Trophy.

He was also a full Republic of Ireland international, making his debut in May 2010 and was selected in the UEFA Euro 2012 squad, appearing as a substitute against Spain.


Worksop Town Football Club are delighted to announce the re-signing of midfielder Paul Green.

The 40-year-old played 13 games and scored four goals for the Tigers, as he helped kickstart our push towards promotion to the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division before he retired in November to take up a full-time coaching position at League Two Doncaster Rovers.

Green began his professional career as a trainee with Sheffield Wednesday but joined Doncaster upon his release at the age of 16.

The midfielder made his debut at 19 years old in a 2-2 draw with Northwich Victoria on 19 March 2002 – his first career goal came three days later in a 5-2 home victory against Hayes.

He became a key figure for Rovers during his six years in red and white, achieving back-to-back promotions from the Conference to League One before playing a pivotal role in their 2008 play-offs where Doncaster beat Leeds United 1-0 at Wembley. He also won the Football League Trophy whilst with the club in the 2006/07 season.

After 33 goals in 277 games for Doncaster, he joined Derby County in 2008 where he would spend four years before going on to represent Leeds, Ipswich Town, Rotherham United, Oldham Athletic, and Crewe Alexandra before signing for Boston United where he helped guide them to a play-off finish.

Green also has a significant number of international caps for the Republic of Ireland, making 22 appearances in total. He earned his first full cap in a 2-1 success over Paraguay before scoring on his first start three days later in a 3-0 win over Algeria. The midfielder was included in Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad, featuring in a defeat to Spain.

And after reverting to a role in the Academy at Rovers, Green will return to boost Craig Parry’s squad for the 2023/24 campaign.

Parry had this to say on Green’s return:

“Once the opportunity came to re-sign ‘Greeny’, it became a no-brainer for us.

“He became a fans’ favourite in the short time that he was with us last season and what he gave to me inside the changing room and on the pitch was unbelievable and as soon as we knew he was available, we acted quickly to get it done.

“We’re glad to get him back on board and there’s strong competition in the centre of midfield and we wanted to make sure that we had every option covered and the good thing with Greeny is that he not only can play in the ‘eight’, but he can also play in the ‘four’ role, so we can really mix it up and ensure we have all options covered.

“He brings experience in talking and nurturing the younger lads and we wanted him to help the players in there and help develop their careers and give them advice both on and off the pitch.

“He adds value to the side, and we are really looking forward to working with him again.”

Welcome back, Greeny!

“It’s exciting to be back,” Green said. “I feel like there is a bit of unfinished business that I have with this club and my season got cut short with the job role at Doncaster, but things change in football, and I wasn’t really ready to retire, it was just the job role that I couldn’t turn down.

“He [Craig Parry] didn’t really need to persuade me. It was more of a mutual decision because when I was here for those 14 games, I loved every minute of it and I want to continue what we started and strive for promotion this year as well.

“It was tough to leave it behind – it was something I had done for 22 years of my life – it was just an opportunity that I couldn’t miss out on as that’s probably the next stage of my career after my playing career.

“When the opportunity to come back presented itself, there wasn’t another club that I wanted to go to – it was an easy decision.

“Even when I was doing the coaching role, I wanted to get involved and play, so if the hunger wasn’t there then it would have just been an easy decision to retire.

“You’re a long time retired, so having a chance to play again, it was such an easy decision to get back into it.”

Fans reacted as Worksop re-sign the ex-Doncaster, Derby, Leeds, Ipswich, Rotherham, Oldham, Crewe midfielder…

@Belly_251278: You absolute beauty

Benjamin Wheelhouse: Great player for Rotherham United great resigning 👍

Christine Letton: Oh Greeny baby…. so glad you’re coming back…..❤️🐅 UTT!

@JCh4rts: Great signing

Jack Hewison: He must be 800 years old by now

@Dylan162866: Go on greeny 🤝🏽🤍

Jason Begsy Harrop: Welcome back greeny, we’ve missed you, gem of a player

Daniel Holmes: My claim to fame I jet washed his drive while he was at Leeds 😂😂

Paul Harrison: Great player for Doncaster Rovers

@RPH26: Good luck Yo-yo 🪀 💋 some player this boy x

Steven Literski Toc: Great free transfer to Derby back in day

@ajb24yes_john: Best news possible Greeny #UTT

Col Firth: Never forget when Greeny scored a goal at the playoff final in Stoke a then swore live on the tv interview after we were celebrating promotion. A fantastic character to have on your team.👍

@dawnyraff: Awesome! Welcome back Greeny! 🐯

@dazbam: Couldn’t keep away 👊

Max Ross: He’s tough….. he’s feared….. he’s got a ginger beard….. Paul Green….. Paul Green…..

@MRadfordJourno: OH GREENY BABY!😍🐯

Patrick Kenny: More clubs than tiger woods 🤣

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