Stern John

Player of the Day: Stern John

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by Ashley Houghton

Trinidadian frontman in the spotlight.

Former Trinidad and Tobago international Stern John made 16 appearances for Sunderland in a brief spell with the Black Cats in 2007.

The powerful frontman moved to America as a youngster and signed for MLS outfit Columbus Crew in 1998-99 season.

He impressed with a prolific goal-scoring ratio in his time with the Ohio-state outfit prompting Nottingham Forest to pay £1.5m for his services in 1999.

Forest missed out on promotion to the top flight in each of John’s three seasons at the City Ground before he was eventually sold to Birmingham City in 2001.

The Caribbean striker found it hard to break into the Blues’ starting XI on a regular basis, despite returning 13 goals in 27 games in his final campaign with Forest.

He spent four years at St Andrews', scoring 20 goals in 85 appearances before moving to Coventry City in 2004.

John got off to a flying start with the Sky Blues, returning 12 goals in 33 appearances in his debut season before returning a similar figure in the following campaign.

A three month loan spell at Derby County followed before an unsuccessful return to Coventry saw him move to Sunderland during the 2006-07 season.

John, who has made the second highest number of appearances in Trinidad and Tobago history with a 115 national caps to his name, scored a double on only his second home appearance in a 4-0 win over Southend United before notching in wins over West Brom and Hull City as Roy Keane’s Black Cats secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

However, John would make just one top-flight appearance for Sunderland, a 2-2 draw with his former club Birmingham City in which he would score a late equaliser, before he moved to Southampton with Kenwyne Jones moving in the other direction.

John scored 20 goals in 52 appearances at St. Mary’s before enjoying spells with Bristol City, Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace, where he would finish his professional career in 2010.