Jamaican International winger Chris Humphrey has joined the Shakers after putting pen to paper on a one-year deal at Carrington this morning.
Chris's career in the UK began in 2006 when, after playing just one game whilst on trial, he signed a short-term deal for Shrewsbury Town. That deal was later extended to include the following season at the Greenhous Meadow.
Following defeat in the Play-off final against Gillingham, Chris was offered a new deal but elected to take up an offer from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, and made his debut for them in the Europa League two weeks later. Progress in Europe and domestic cup competitions came quickly for Chris and, despite defeat to Celtic is the Scottish Cup Final, Chris would go onto sign a contract extension soon after.
Chris gained further European experience in the Champions League qualifiers the season after for Motherwell and despite finishing 2nd and 3rd in the SPL during his two seasons at Fir Park, and qualification for Europe again, Chris decided to further his career in England and joined Preston North End in June 2013, signing a three-year deal for the Lilywhites.
He quickly became a regular for Preston, and was a mainstay of their side for the next two seasons though the season after (2015-16) brought fewer appearances and he left Deepdale on December 2016 when his contract was mutually terminated. Chris returned back to Scotland and joined Hibernian until the end of last season.
International honours came for Chris whilst he was at Motherwell and made his debut for Jamaica in a 1-0 defeat to Panama. He would go onto play 12 times for his national side.
A player with plenty of experience, Chris is just 4 games short of 400 appearances, scoring 20 goals along the way and has signed a 12-month deal, with an option for a further 12 months in the club’s favour.
Speaking of his new addition, manager Lee Clark said this morning:
“We feel that is a different wide type of player to what we already have. Like Zeli Ismail, Chris has great pace and is very direct. He will create a lot of chances for the attacking players that we have within the squad. I want attacking players to be makers of goals and scorers of goals.
“Chris can do this for us, he has a great work ethic and I am really delighted to have him on board with us. He also knows Jermaine Beckford from his Preston North End days and he is another player that has been promoted from this league, so that’s another tick in the box for me.”
Chris will link up with his fellow new arrivals (Joe Murphy, Eoghan O’Connell, Phil Edwards, Joe Skarz, Adam Thompson, Stephen Dawson, Callum Reilly, Jermaine Beckford and Jay O’Shea) on Monday morning.