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Top 10 longest-serving players

9 June 2022

As the summer transfer window beckons, there will be fresh faces and new blood but amid the moving and shaking, there are some stalwarts among us that have been around for the long haul.

Here, we take a look at some of our Clubs' longest-serving players...

Dean Lewington - MK Dons (19 years, 11 months, 9 days)

After extending his stay in Buckinghamshire in the summer, the EFL's longest-serving player at any Club is closing in on two decades at MK Dons and 850 appearances for the Club, having been a part of the inaugural side back in 2004.

Liam Palmer - Sheffield Wednesday (11 years, 11 months, 9 days)

The Owls Academy graduate progressed through the ranks to make his first-team debut for Sheffield Wednesday in August 2010 in a 1-0 win at Hillsborough in the League Cup Round One, remaining with the Club ever since.

Joe Ralls - Cardiff City (10 years, 11 months, 9 days)

With two promotions on his Bluebirds CV since joining Cardiff City from Aldershot as a teenager, the midfielder has gone on to add two winner's medals to his collection, ascending from the Sky Bet Championship in 2012/13 and 2017/18.

Harrison Dunk - Cambridge United (10 years, 11 months, 9 days)

The U's defender will enter his 12th season at the Abbey Stadium next term, after penning a new 12-month agreement with Cambridge United last month, making him the Club's most loyal servant and the second Yellows player to feature in our list.

Tom Eastman - Colchester United (10 years, 11 months, 9 days)

Since making the switch over 10 years ago, four Player of the Year awards - becoming the first Colchester United player to do so - Eastman has established himself at the heart of the defence, making his way up the Club's all-time appearances table.

Greg Taylor - Cambridge United (8 years, 11 months, 9 days)

Cambridge skipper Taylor was handed the armband in 2019, some six years after first signing for the Club in 2013, and, like his team-mate, inked fresh terms following the conclusion of the 2021/22 campaign.

Sam Long - Oxford United (8 years, 11 months, 9 days)

A product of Oxford United's youth setup, following loan spells in non-league, the defender is the Club's current longest-serving player on the Yellows' books.

Craig Forsyth - Derby County (8 years, 11 months, 9 days)

Despite suffering a number of injuries since arriving at Pride Park, the experienced Scotsman has played a key part at Derby County, having clocked over 200 appearances and counting for the Rams.

Jonathan Hogg - Huddersfield Town (8 years, 10 months, 11 days)

Since being appointed Club captain by head coach Carlos Corberan last year, Hogg has led by example for Huddersfield Town, after winning promotion to the top flight with the Terriers for the first time in 2016/17.

Joe Wildsmith - Sheffield Wednesday (8 years, 6 months, 13 days)

South Yorkshire-born stopper Wildsmith was offered professional terms with his hometown team in November 2013, making his bow between the sticks two years later for Wednesday.

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