Liam Lawrence

Player of the Day: Liam Lawrence

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by Ashley Houghton

Republic of Ireland international in the spotlight.

Liam Lawrence made 80 appearances for Sunderland between 2004 and 2007 as the Black Cats twice achieved promotion in his time with the club.

The Republic of Ireland international began his career with Mansfield where he progressed through the youth ranks to make over 150 senior appearances.

In June 2004, Lawrence joined Sunderland for £175,000 as Mick McCarthy looked to steer his side to promotion.

The tricky winger had a promising start to life on Wearside, scoring six goals in 34 appearances, including two fine strikes against Wolverhampton Wanderers in a 3-1 home victory.

Following promotion, Lawrence failed to hold down a regular starting spot, making 29 league appearances – ten of which were from the bench.

He did, however, score on three occasions, most notably against Newcastle United as well as strikes against Fulham and Chelsea.

A further 12 appearances followed at the start of the 2006-07 season as the Black Cats secured a return to the top flight.

After initially joining Stoke City on loan, Lawrence made the move to the Potteries permanent in 2007 and went on to make 125 appearances for City in four seasons.

Spells with Portsmouth and Cardiff City followed before he joined PAOK in the Greek Super League in 2012.

Lawrence still plays for the Greek side and he has made 34 appearances in his time with the club.