Preston striker Stephen Elliott joined Norwich City on loan on
5th March 2010 until the end of the 2009/10 season. The Republic
of Ireland international made his debut the following day as a
substitute in the 3-0 defeat of Yeovil at Carrow Road. He scored
his first two goals in the 3-1 win at Huddersield on 13th March
2010. He made 10 appearances for Norwich in 2009/10 but scored
no further goals
Elliott began his career at Manchester City but only made two
appearances, both as substitute - his debut coming in February
2004 against Bolton. Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy signed him
from Manchester City in June 2004 for a fee of £125,000,
set by a tribunal, with extra payments linked to his performance.
He quickly established himself as first-team regular, scoring
15 goals as the team finished as champions in 2005. However, his
Premiership season was largely disrupted by injury, although prior
to his injuries he scored spectacular long-range goals against
Manchester United and Newcastle United. On Sunderland's return
to the the Championship, he showed good form when fit, but again
injury problems blighted his career.
Elliott's good start for Sunderland in 2004 led to a call-up
to the Republic of Ireland, and he made his international debut
against Croatia at Lansdowne Road on 16th November 2004. He had
previously represented Ireland's U-20 team at the 2003 FIFA World
Youth Championship. He scored his first senior International goal
to beat Cyprus 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier on 8th October 2005
Elliott moved to Wolves on 17th July 2007 for an undisclosed
fee (reportedly around £750,000), linking up again with
Mick McCarthy, his former manager at Sunderland. However, he failed
to make a strong impact at Molineux, and was transfer-listed at
the season's end after the club missed out on the play-offs
Elliot signed for Preston North End on 1st September 2008 for
an undiclosed fee; however he was later overlooked in favour of
Jon Parkin and Chris Brown and so
welcomed the loan move (a similar loan to Barnsley had fallen
through the week before)
On 6th May 2010, Preston announced that they were releasing Elliott
at the end of the season.
On 4th August, Elliott was linked with a move to Scottish side
Hearts. Sources suggested he could join up at Hearts before the
end of that week. "We've got some enquiries going on for
a couple of players that we are getting a wee bit closer to on
the striking front," said manager Jim Jefferies. This
was completed on 9th August with Elliott signing a two year deal.
Elliott played all 90minutes as Hearts beat arch-rivals Hibs
in the Scottish Cup Final on 19th May 2012. However two days later,
it was announched that Hearts were releasing him as part of a
cost cutting exercise. He had made 65 appearances for Hearts,
scoring 11 goals.
He joined Coventry on a one year contract on 2nd July 2012. Coventry
boss Andy Thorn said "We are delighted he wants to be
part of what we believe can be a winning team here at Coventry
next season. I know there were clubs from the Championship very
interested in Stephen but our hard work has paid off in bringing
him here. He works extremely hard for the team and can bring other
players into play"
Elliott was released by Coventry at the beginning of May 2013.
On 7th August 2014, Elliott signed for Carlisle on a one year
deal. He played with Cumbrians boss Graham Kavanagh at Sunderland.
In April 2016, Elliott trained with League of Ireland club Shamrock Rovers before signing for Dublin side Shelbourne. On August 11th 2016 Shelbourne FC announced Stephen had left by mutual consent. In January 2017, he signed for Irish side Drogheda United before returning to England on 16th November 2017 to sign for non-league Morpeth Town. He retired at the end of the 2017/18 season.