Coming fresh out the press recently, 28-year old striker Adam Le Fondre is on the move once again, this time settling for a 1 year loan spell at Wolves as it seems,after falling out of favor at Russell Slade’s Bluebirds. We take a look at the Journeyman’s career so far.
2004: At the tender age of 17, Adam made his professional debut for his boyhood club Stockport County against local rivals Bury in their relegation season from League One. Bagging 22 goals in 70 games, including a short loan spell at Rochdale, Le Fondre proved his ability and earned himself a permanent move to Spotland in the summer of 2007
2007: Finding his feet in the Football League came easy as he found the net 34 times in just 90 occasions, showcasing his ability and the confidence he had acquired over the course of his 2 years at Rochdale. During a substantially successful couple of years playing under Kieth Hill, he found himself on the move once again as Rotherham United came knocking.
2009: Signing for an undisclosed fee, Ronnie Moore added the goal scoring prowess to his squad in the hope of getting the Millers out of League Two. Scoring immediately in his first start against Grimsby, he only went on and scored another 29 goals that season, resulting in him earning the League Two golden boot trophy, with several player of the month awards in the process. Describing it as one of the most ‘successful period’s of his career’ with 52 goals to his name and a Wembley appearance, he was once again left packing his bags for Championship football with Brian McDermott’s Reading.
2011: From the faded sparks of the 4th division to the bright sparks of the 2nd tier, Le Fondre signed a 3 year deal with the Berkshire club on the 27th August 2011, missing out on the squad’s pre season campaign. Higher up the divisions the quality and standard improves, however it wasn’t a problem for the 24 year old as he rounded off his first season for the Royals, netting the vital goal against Crystal Palace in April 2012 that ultimately secured them the Championship title. So the Premier League awaited, in comparison to 4 years previous where he was just setting foot in the football league. Much to the blatant anguish of fans, Le Fondre’s contribution of 12 goals could not prevent Reading’s immediate relegation back to the 2nd tier. Despite the fortunes of the club that season, he described it as an ‘experience’ to play in the top flight, which 5 years earlier he would not have dreamed of. New boss Nigel Adkins was the man with the responsibility of getting the club back in the big time, after being appointed before the end of the 2012/13 campaign. Once again, showing his consistent quality, ALF ended the season with an impressive 16 goals, which he scored during his 100th cap with the club.
2014: With problematic behind the scenes issues going on at Reading, the club’s financial strengths took a bit of a turn for the worst in 2014, so they had no choice but to sell their main asset to Cardiff City . For the first time in his dignified career, he could not find his feet with just 3 goals to his name in just 21 appearances. The struggle was obvious, in which gaffer Russell Slade intervened and sent him out on loan to fellow Championship side Bolton, where he totally changed his fortunes managing to score a tidy 9 goals in 17 appearances. Helping the Trotters avoid the drop, fans took to social media to raise wage funds to sign the 28 year old.
2015: With less than a week to go until the new season, Kenny Jacket’s Wolves look the most likely to capture the services of the 28 year old. Whether it be permanent or just a loan deal, we can only wait to find out what the next chapter of Adam Le Fondre’s accomplished career will entail.