Martin Paterson is a thirty-year-old striker who has played in all four of England’s top leagues and the top two leagues in America. He came through the ranks at Stoke City and after impressing at all youth levels he secured his first professional contract in 2005. After not really making an impact on the first team and after only fifteen appearances over three seasons, he was loaned out to League Two side Grimsby Town. After scoring six goals in fifteen appearances, Stoke was prepared to let Paterson go and eventually sold him to then Championship side Scunthorpe United. He spent one season at Scunthorpe, scoring fourteen goals in forty-two appearances but they weren’t enough to keep Scunthorpe from being relegated.
Paterson moved to Burnley in 2008 and this is where he started to get a bit of recognition within the game. Paterson spent six years at Burnley, accumulating a total of over one hundred appearances and scoring only twenty-nine goals. After falling out of favor at Burnley, Paterson went on to sign for Huddersfield Town in 2013. In the three years he spent at Huddersfield he scored a total of five goals over twenty-five appearances. The majority of his time at Huddersfield was spent out on loan to other teams, he joined both Bristol City and Fleetwood Town on loan deals. He then moved over to the MLS with Orlando City, however, he only managed a total of fifty-three minutes over four appearances. He then went on to have spells at Blackpool, Port Vale, and Tampa Bay Rowdies before joining ATK just a couple of days ago. Over the years Paterson represented Northern Ireland twenty-three times.
From looking at his goalscoring record, you can clearly see Paterson isn’t the type of striker who will go out and smash in thirty goals a season, however, what he will bring to the table is a lot of hard work and effort. He is the type of player who will run at defences and cause chaos for them, hoping that he can cause an error and give himself, or a teammate, a good chance at goal.
You would typically play Paterson alongside a clinical finisher, however, in this league, he may finally get that thirty-goal season under his belt. In my opinion, this signing really shows the intent of ATK, to get a very well experienced striker, who is only thirty years old, shows that they mean business. I am looking forward to watching Paterson in the league and what his partnership will be like with the next new signing, David Cotterill