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Carl Cort

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Norwich Career: 2008-2009 (13 appearances, 1 goal)
Current Club: Tampa Bay Rowdies (USA)
Date of Birth: 01/11/1977 (Southwark, London)
Nationality: English


Striker Carl Cort joined Norwich City on 9th December 2008 signing a contract that lasts until the end of the 2008/9 season.

Cort began his career with Wimbledon but made his league debut whilst on loan to Lincoln City in 1977. On returning to South London, he scored on his debut against Newcastle in September 2007. A place in the England under-21s soon followed. His eye for goal, lightning pace and deft first touch earned him the nickname of the "new Pele" by national press.

Newcastle boss Bobby Robson paid £7million for Cort in the summer of 2000. He scored on his home debut against Derby for Newcastle, but unfortunately struggled with hamstring problems and underwent surgery after only a few appearances for his new club. He did eventually return to the first team in March 2001, and went on to score five goals in ten appearances before the season ended.

In 2001–02, injury ruined his season again. Carl was ruled out until March due to injuries to his ankle and knee. He travelled to the USA for specialist treatment but the injuries appeared to take their toll, and Cort struggled to make an impact in the Premiership. He moved to Wolves for £2million in January 2004 and scored 31 goals in 94 appearances for the Molineaux side. Injury plagued his latter stages with Wolves and he was released in May 2007.

On 8 June 2007, Cort signed a two year contract with Leicester City and scored his first and only goal for the club against Chelsea in a Carling Cup match on 31st October 2008.Despite failing to score a single league goal, new manager Ian Holloway continued to show faith in him but Holloway finally lost his patience and Cort was placed on the transfer list on 23 December.2007. On 11th January 2008 he left Leicester by mutual consent.and on 30 January, Cort joined Spanish club UD Marbella, who play in the Segunda División B.

Released from his contract with Marbella, he returned to England when he signed for Norwich City. He made his Norwich debut as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat at Reading on 13th December 2008. He scored his first goal for Norwich in the 3-3 draw at his former club Wolves on 3rd February 2009.

Carl was released from his contract in mid-May 2009

On 11th July 2009, Carl played on trial for Wycombe Wanderers against AFC Wimbledon. However he was instead snapped up by Brentford on 4th August 2009 on a five-month contract on the same day the club announced forward Ben Strevens had broken his fibula. Fellow striker Nathan Elder signed for Shrewsbury on the same day.

Carl was released by Brentford on 24th January 2011 by mutual consent, with Cort having made just 4 appearances in the season to date. Injury had plagued him

On August 10th 2012, American side Tampa Bay Rowdies, of the NASL, announced they had signed Cort. He scored his first goal for the Rowdies on 1st September 2012 against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Cort scored in the 3-1 win over Minnesota Stars on 27th October 2012 that gave the Rowdies the NASL Championship title

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