Sunday, 6 February 2011
278 Damon Searle
Position : Left back (also played in midfield )
Played : 1999-2000 ( on loan from Carlisle )
Appearances : 14
Goals : 0
Damon also made his debut as a sub against Rotherham away after joining the club on a three month loan from Carlisle. He started out as a youngster at Cardiff and made 234 appearances before being surprisingly released in 1996. He went to Stockport for two seasons making 41 appearances before moving to Carlisle, again on a free.
Damon was signed because Parkin didn;'t really fancy Dean Stokes at left back, Damon having a considerable height advantage over him. To me the swap didn't seem to make much difference. Damon looked like a decent player playing within himself ; he never really looked like he wanted to be a Rochdale player and it was no surprise that he didn't sign permanently when the loan expired in December.
Damon was released in the summer and went to Southend where he found regular first team action again making 133 appearances before being released in 2003. He moved to Chesterfield on monthly terms but was let go after just 5 appearances. He dropped down to the Conference with Forest Green Rovers with whom he had two spells interrupted by a short stint at Hornchurch in 2004. He returned to Wales in 2007 in Newport County then Carmarthen Town, Barry Town and Haverfordwest for whom he played as recently as January 2010. He now works for Cardiff City's commercial department.