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Career ladder: Jon Stead

25 February 2013

Name: Jon Stead
Position: Striker
Date of Birth: 07/04/1983
Club: Bristol City
Previous Clubs: Huddersfield Town, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Derby County (loan), Sheffield United, Ipswich Town, Coventry City (loan).

What do you remember about your first ever match?
Not a lot - I was about 10 years old when I watched my first game, it was watching Huddersfield Town.

Who was your childhood hero?
Andy Booth and Ian Wright - both top strikers.

When did you realise you had a chance to progress in the game?
When I first broke into the Huddersfield reserve team. 

Which coach has had the biggest influence on your career?
Chris Howarth - my youth team coach at Huddersfield, he's currently with Barnsley.

What did you spend your first wage packet on?
Money I owed to my girlfriend.

Does your squad number have a special meaning to you?
Nine is a striker's number - but it's also on my car registration plate.

Who did you last swap shirts with?
With Billy Sharp against Nottingham Forest.

If you could have coached yourself when you were a teenager, what advice would you have passed on?
Don't let early success change your attitude.

If you stay in the game at the end of your career, what will you do? a) Manager b) Coach c) Scout d) Physio e) Pundit?
Coach or pundit.

What do you want to be best remembered for at the end of your career?
For being a good all-round player and a good role model to kids.

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