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|Full Name||Anton Michael Rodgers|
|Date of Birth||26 January 1993|
|Place of Birth||Reading, Berkshire, England|
|Chelsea career||2004 - 2011|
Anton Rodgers (born 26 January 1993 in Reading, Berkshire, England) is a midfielder who formerly played for Chelsea's Academy team.
Anton is the son of Brendan Rodgers, Chelsea’s former Reserve Team Manager. When Brendan joined Chelsea in 2004 from Reading, he took his son from Reading’s academy with him, and he became a fairly regular fixture in the Blues’ Under-16 side.
A tenacious and combative midfielder with good ability on the ball, he can get back and forward with equal measure and can score goals, particularly excelling from range. He can occasionally get hot-headed and into trouble with his tackling but maturity should come with age. Whilst nepotism isn’t necessarily a factor in his future, he got his chance to play at Chelsea because of his father, but any progress he’s made since and will make in the future is down to him. He’s a good talent with useful technique, but also with room to improve all round.
Anton had a slow start to his first year as a scholar in 2009-10, with international duties curtailing his early involvement before struggling with some niggling injuries. Not yet a first choice in the midfield, he has contributed well when on the pitch and a highlight of the season to date was his spectacular goal away to Crystal Palace in January.
A regular in the team during 2010-11, Anton was a quietly effective leader on the pitch, playing a mature game and looking to step up to the reserve team, but was released at the end of his scholarship.
Anton is eligible to play for England through birth, Northern Ireland through parentage, or the Republic of Ireland under EU rulings. He has so far chosen the latter of the three, representing the Republic of Ireland at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 levels.
Youth Team Football
(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2010-11 season)
Post Chelsea Career
Anton signed with Brighton & Hove Albion after leaving Chelsea. In July 2013 he joined Oldham Athletic on a free transfer and then moved onto Swindon Town in July 2014.