UPDATED 02:21 18th August 2014
IT MAY HAVE taken longer than initially thought to be finalised, but Geoff Cameron could finally call himself a Stoke City player in August 2012 when his work permit application was rubber-stamped for his move from Houston Dynamo.
His signing has certainly proved to be a shrewd bit of business for the Potters over the past two seasons with his reputation for versatility seeing him employed and flourish in a number of roles for the Club under two different managers.
That’s where he’s played the majority of the time for Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States team, with whom he has earned 24 caps since making his debut against El Salvador in February 2010.
His Premier League adventure is the biggest challenge of his career to date having played all his football in his native country since turning professional in 2005.
He initially signed for Rhode Island Stingrays in 2005, a now-defunct outfit from the fourth tier of United States’ football league, where he made 33 appearances and scored eight goals.
After being drafted by Houston Dynamo in 2008, he made his debut in March and soon established himself as a key performer for the Texan team, going on to appear in the Major League Soccer Best XI in 2009.
He played 117 times for Dynamo in the league in just four years before former manager Tony Pulis offered him his chance at proving himself against the best in the Premier League which he has grabbed with both hands and shone.