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Keith Briggs

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Norwich Career: 2003-2004 (5 appearances)
Current Club: Sheffield United (Academy Coach)
Date of Birth: 11/12/1981(Glossop)
Nationality: English

Biography

21 year old utility player Keith Briggs signed for Norwich from Stockport for £65,000 on January 16th 2003 following a week of speculation and negotiation. He became Nigel Worthington's first signing since last summer, when Paul Heckingbottom arrived from Darlington on a free transfer - and the first for a fee since David Nielsen moved to City from Wimbledon for £200,000 in January 2002. Primarily a right back, he can play in right midfield or even central midfield. He signed a three and a half year deal.

Born in Glossop, Briggs joined Stockport at the age of 14 in 1996 and advanced through their youth and reserve setup. He made his league debut in 1999 at the age of 17 finishing the 1999/2000 season with 7 appearances and 1 goal. . After failing to make an appearance in 2000/2001, he made 32 appearances in 2001/2002 and was voted the player of the year, in a season in which Stockport were relegated.

He was a regular in the team during the autumn of 2002 although playing out of position on the left. Following the 4-2 defeat at Mansfield, he was transfer-listed by manager Carlton Palmer. Briggs said "To be fair to him I've haven't been too pleased with my form this season - but I was being played out on the left of midfield in a lot of games and that's not really my best position. In the end it was probably best that I moved on and I'm delighted Norwich came in for me". Keith was quick to deny media rumours of a bust-up between him and Palmer

Worthington made his move stating "He played against us last season and we watched him on a number of occasions, when he did exceptionally well at first division level. When he was transfer-listed we took the opportunity to make an approach, and I'm delighted that it's all come to a positive conclusion.". Norwich clinched the signing in time for the January 19th clash with Watford.

Stockport boss Carlton Palmer said: "Keith was on good money for the second division so, if he wasn't in the team, then he was an expensive substitute. He did provide good cover in a few positions but, unfortunately, the positions I think he's better playing in, which is right back or right side midfield, are already occupied. I thought the offer was a good offer and we have also negotiated a sell-on. I would like to thank Keith for his hard work at Edgeley Park since I took over and wish him all the best at Norwich."

He made his Norwich City debut against Stoke on February 1st 2003. Making very few appearances during 2003/4 due to the form of Marc Edworthy, Keith's chances appeared even further limited when Nigel Worthington signed Danish international Thomas Helveg for the 2004/5 Premiership campaign. Keith was placed on the transfer-list in August 2004 and joined Crewe Alexandra on a month's loan on 5th August 2004. He returned to Carrow Road but was released from his contract at the end of September 2004.

After a trial with Sheffield United in October 2004, Keith joined League Two side Wycombe on trial shortly before Christmas 2004. He is also reported to have trialled with Gillingham. In January 2005, he returned to Stockport on trial. Originally signing on a non-contract basis, he played for the Hatters against Barnsley on 22nd January 2004, scoring once. This was rewarded with a new contract for Briggs.

In December 2007, it was announced by Stockport that they would not be renewing Briggs' contract. He had made 98 league appearances. On 11th January 2008 ,Keith signed for Shrewsbury on a non-contract basis and made his debut on 13th January 2008 in a 3-1 defeat against Hereford. Other signings that day for Shrewsbury included Guy Madjo from Crawley for £20,000 and ex-Derby youngster James Meredith who moved from Sligo.

Briggs was released on 23 January after making just one further appearance. Shrewsbury manager Gary Peters told the BBC "He's a decent player but doesn't shine ahead of those I've already got"

He then joined League Two strugglers Mansfield on 15th February 2008. He made 13 appearances for them but could not prevent them from being releagted from League Two into the Conference. Although Mansfield wanted to keep Briggs, he chose to join Stalybridge Celtic who are closer to his home and for whom, he was appointed team captain. In May 2010, Kidderminster Harriers' manager Steve Burr signed Briggs; Burr had previoulsy managed Briggs at Stalybridge.

On 1st June 2011, Kiddermister agreed to sell Briggs to Fleetwood Town for £5000. He made 16 appearances in 2011/12 as Fleetwood won the Conference title and promotion into the Football League. He returned to Kidderminster in July 2012

Briggs was released by the Harriers on 29th May 2013. He had made 35 appearances in the 2012/13 season.

Briggs joined FC Halfiax on 2nd July 2013. He joined Barrow on a month's loan on 5th October 2013.

On 18th October 2013, Keith was appointed player-manager of Stalybridge Celtic in a partnership with Andy Fearn.

In March 2015, Briggs quit as Stalybridge manager but was appointed as the new amanger of new Mills, who play in the Northern League, at the beginning of July 2015 with Feran assisting him along with former Matlock Town manager Mark Atkins.

Briggs left after 21 days to join Sheffield United's academy

[Quotes taken from the Pink Un ]


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