On 31st January 2009,
it was reeported that Norwich had singed Celtic's New Zealand
international striker Chris Killen on loan until the end of the
Killen grew up in the
Wellington suburb of Island Bay. As a youth he played for Miramar
Rangers, whose coach arranged a trial with Manchester City. The
trial was successful, and the 17 year old Killen joined City's
youth academy. His first senior club appearances came during a
loan spell at Wrexham in September 2000. He scored his first league
goal on 9 September 2000 against Oldham, and in total scored three
goals in nine appearances for the Welsh club. The following season
he was loaned to Port Vale, scoring six goals in nine league games.
In November 2001 he was recalled from loan as a number of Manchester
City strikers were injured, and was a substitute in a 21
win against Rotherham United. he made two further substitute appearances
that season, and finished as top goalscorer for the reserves.
He joined Oldham Athletic
in July 2002 for £250,000. He remained with Oldham for
3 and a half years, scoring 24 goals in 78 league appearances.
Failing to match his price tag and seemingly high wage through
continuous injury, Oldham no longer required his services and
released him on a free transfer.
In January 2006, Killen
joined Hibernian on a free transfer. He scored on his debut as
he netted the third goal in Hibs' 30 defeat of Rangers at
Ibrox in the Scottish Cup 4th round in February 2006. His first
home goal was the opener in a 70 win against Livingston
four days later. Despite arriving in January, he had scored five
goals for Hibs by the end of the season
Killen's contract with
Hibernian expired in mid-2007. He rejected the offer of a one-year
extension from the Edinburgh club and was expected to sign for
Cardiff City before Celtic's intervention. Killen signed for Celtic
on a three year contract in May 2007. Killen made his debut on
5 August 2007, coming off the bench in a goalless draw against
Kilmarnock at Celtic Park. His first goal for the club came on
7 October at Fir Park; with Celtic trailing 10 to Gretna,
Killen equalised in the 89th minute before Scott McDonald scored
the winner for Celtic in stoppage time. He made his UEFA Champions
League debut for Celtic at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa
e Benfica against S.L. Benfica on 24 October. However he could
not extablish himself as a first team regular and was linked with
loan moves to Hearts and Cardiff before joining Norwch.
Killen made his international
debut for New Zealand during the 2000 OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti.
Killen was included in the New Zealand U-23 squad for their first
appearance at the Beijing Olympic Games as one of 3 over age players
Killen made his City debut as a substitute in the 3-3 draw at
Wolves on 3rd February 2009. He made just 4 appearances before
returning to Scotland
On 15th January 2010, he signed for former Celtic manager Gordon
Strachan's Middlesbrough on a free transfer along with fellow
free transfer Willo Flood and Celtic midfielder Barry Robson for
Killen was included in New Zealand's squad for the 2010 World
Cup in South Africa.
He left Boro when his contract expired in June 2010.and signed
a year and half contract with Chinese Super League side Shenzhen
Ruby on July 24th 2010. Killen scored his first goal for Shenzhen
on his debut against Liaoning Whowin in a Chinese Super League
match on July 28th 2010. He scored eight goals from thirteen matches
to help Shenzhen to remain in the Chinese Super League for the
He switched clubs to Chongqing F.C. in February 2012 but was
released in December 2013.