IT MAY HAVE taken longer than initially thought to be finalised, but Geoff Cameron could finally call himself a Stoke City player in late August when his work permit application was rubber-stamped for his move from Houston Dynamo.
After initially agreeing a deal weeks earlier, the American was in limbo for a period as the Club communicated with all the relevant authorities in his native country to complete the transfer.
The 27-year-old signed in time to make his Premier League bow in the 0-0 home draw against Arsenal, although he had already impressed onlookers with a cameo display against Greuther Furth in the Potters’ final pre-season friendly.
Cameron arrived in England with a reputation for versatility - he has seen him employed in a number of roles for both club and country, although he’s stated that his favoured position is in central defence.
That’s where he’s played the majority of the time for Jurgen Klinsmann’s United States team, with whom he has earned eight caps since making his debut against El Salvador in February 2010 and where he was first acquainted with countryman and fellow Potter Maurice Edu.
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 Tony Pulis offered him his chance at proving himself against the best in the Premier League.