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Andrew Surman

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Norwich Career: 2010-13 (58 appearances, 8 goals)
Current Club: Southampton (Assistant Under-18s Coach)
Date of Birth: 20/08/1986 (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Nationality: English / South African


Midfielder Andrew Surman joined Noriwch on 22nd June 2010 from Wolves on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee

Born in Johannesburg to English parents, Andrew moved to Southampton in 1995 where he was spotted by scouts from Southampton F.C. and invited to join their academy.

He was loaned to Walsall during the 2004/05 season where he made his debut, scoring twice in 14 appearances. He was loaned to Bournemouth from August 2005 to January 2006, during which he made 24 appearances scoring six goals.

He made his full team debut for Southampton on 25th January 2006 under new manager George Burley at home to Crystal Palace, and in the next league game scored his first Southampton goal in a 2–1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle. On 17th February 2007, he scored a hat-trick (two strikes from outside the penalty box and a penalty) in the 5–2 victory over Barnsley.

He became a vital part of the Southampton first team over the 2006–07 Season, and was a part of their unsuccessful play-off bid, losing to Derby.

Whilst at Southampton, he was capped by England at Under-21 level.

On 1st July 2009, he joined Premiership side Wolves on a three year deal for a sum of £1.2million. He made his debut on 18th August 2009 against Wigan Athletic, coming on for Greg Halford. Surman made his first Premier League start on 21st November 2009 against Chelsea, but struggled to hold down a first team place, making just nine appearances in total for the club.

Surman made his City debut in the 3-2 home defeat to Watford on 6th August 2010.

Norwich won promotion to the Premiership, on 2nd May 2011 with a 1-0 win at Portsmouth with Surman playing a key role (22 appearances, 3 goals) in the Canaries' promotion challenge. Surman finished the following 2011/12 season with 27 appearances and five goals as Norwich finished 12th in the Premier League. He signed a new three year deal with City in June 2012

Missing most of the 2012/13 season through injury, Surman was allowed to join Championship side Bournemouth on a season-long loan on 1st August 2013. He made 35 appearances for Bournemouth and manager Eddie Howe indicated at the end of the season that he wanted Surman to stay at Deans Court. “Andrew Surman did very, very well for us. He is Norwich’s player now so it is out of our hands what happens with his future,” said Howe. “It is very much in the hands of his club and we respect that. We were very grateful to Norwich for giving him to us for a year and in the first place so we will certainly see what happens with him. We value him very highly."

Although Neil Adams was keen to keep him, Surman made just two appearances for Norwich at the start of the 2014/15 season before joining Bournemouth on a three year deal for a fee alleged to be around £1m. It was a worthwhile investment for Bournemouth as Surman played a key role in helping them win promotion to the Premier League at the end of April 2015.

Surman made 9 appearances for Bournemouth in 2019/20 as their five year Premier League stint came to an end. He was released by Bournemouth on 20th August 2020 at the end of the contract extension he signed to cover the prolonged 2019/20 Premier League season. Surman made 226 appearances in all competitions for the Cherries, scoring 11 goals.

On 5th October 2020 reports from India suggested that Surman might be signing for the Indian Soccer League(ISL)'s newest team East Benghal. Other foreign players linked with East Benghal are Danny Fox, Scott Neville, Anthony Stokes and Anthony Pilkington. Michael Bailey of The Athletic then reported the following report that Surman then joined Luton on trial in hope of securing a contract. Luton manager Nathan Jones said  “Yes, I’ve known Surs and if there’s scope to do something, we’d like to, but it depends on a lot of things. He brings real quality and vast experience, he’s different to the age group we normally bring in, but if there is a value in doing something like that, then we might be able to do it. At the minute, nothing concrete, we’ve had him in training. I know all about Surs, he's a great character, wonderful quality. It's just seeing where he is and what we can do, and if there’s something we can do, we’ll do it."

Instead Surman finally signed a short term contract with MK Dons on 17th November 2020. He was released at the end of the season and announced his retirement in the summer of 2021.

In January 2023 he returned to Bournemouth as Under-18s coach. He moved along the South Coast on 5th February 2024 to join Southampton as Assistant Under-18s coach, part of a bigger shake-up of their academy.

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