Former Gunner added to defence

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Former Arsenal defender Paul Rogers has put pen to paper as Gordon Boateng continues to build his new-look Blues team.

North-London born Rodgers joined the Gunners in 2005 and was given a professional contract at the start of the 2007–08 season . He originally started out as a full back but has since also played as a centre-half and made his Arsenal first-team debut in a pre-season friendly at Barnet in 2007.

He made his competitive professional debut in Arsenal’s League Cup quarter-final against Burnley on 2 December 2008, a match which Arsenal lost 2–0; On 22 January 2009, Arsenal announced he was to go on loan to Northampton Town for one month, which was later extended to the end of the season. Having been released by Arsenal in June 2009 Rodgers signed for the Cobblers after a trial.

Rodgers joined Newport County in 2011 and the following May he was an unused substitute for Newport in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium which Newport lost 2–0 to York City. Rodgers was released by Newport in May 2012 at the end of his contract. Rodgers joined Billericay Town in 2012 before moving on to St Neots Town. In September 2013 he re-signed for Billericay Town before switching to Farnborough two years ag9, He was sold to Bromley for an undisclosed fee in September 2014 and made 31 appearances in their National League team over the last two years.

He also has a total of eight caps and England under-16 and under-17 level.

Author: Dave Ryan