Walsall player 219. Paul Boertien

Paul Boertien (born 20 January 1979 in Haltwhistle, Northumberland, England) is a former English footballer who has played for six English clubs.
Boertien began his career in Carlisle United in August 1996. His first league game for Carlisle United was againstWalsall on 4 October 1997, while his first goal for the club from Cumbria came against Swansea City on 13 February 1999.
Boertien signed for Derby County in March 1999 £250 000. He made his debut on 16 May 1999 against Chelsea. He then went out on loan to Crewe Alexandra in 2000 before returning to score his first goal in a 2–0 Premier League over Derby’s local rivals Leicester City on 16 April 2001. Boertien was in and out of the team over the next three years, including a loan spell at Notts County in 2004, but suffered from an unlucky run of injuries between 2004 and 2006 which saw him a virtual ever-present in the treatment room. He made his return to the first team after almost two years in a 2–1 victory over Hull City in August 2006. However, an injury sustained during the Boxing Day defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, coupled with the signing of Blackburn Rovers Jay McEveley, saw Boertien slip to third choice left back and manager Billy Davies announced his contract would not be renewed at the end of the season, after over eight years at Pride Park.
On 22 March 2007, Boertien joined Derbyshire club Chesterfield on a month’s loan in an attempt to regain match fitness and put himself in the shop window. He then returned to Derby, but was released shortly afterwards.
In July 2007, Boertien was given a trial by Oldham Athletic, appearing in a friendly against Barrow but was not offered a contract.
After his failed trial with Oldham Athletic, Boertien joined League One Walsall on 27 July 2007. On 6 May 2009, Boertien was released from Walsall after being told that his contract would not be renewed.

On 8 June 2009, it was announced he had signed a one-year deal with Football League newcomers Burton Albion. In doing so he became Paul Peschisolido’s first signing as Burton Albion manager. He made 34 League appearances in his first season, scoring one goal against Bradford City on his 200th career league appearance, his first goal in six years, and was later rewarded with a one-year contract extension on 10 May 2010.
Boertien was released from the club in May 2011, which would have ended a two-year spell with the Brewers. However on 12 May 2011, Boertien signed a new 1 year “pay-as-you-play” contract at the Pirelli Stadium outfit.
Boertien announced his retirement on 15 December 2011 after making a career total of 268 appearances.


Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1999 Carlisle United 17 (1)
1999–2007 Derby County 114 (2)
2000 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 2 (0)
2004 Notts County (loan) 5 (0)
2007 Chesterfield (loan) 4 (0)
2007–2009 Walsall 51 (0)
2009–2011 Burton Albion 50 (1)
Total 243 (4)

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