• Wikipedia Entry
Chris Long joined the Everton Academy as a five-year-old in 2000 and has worked his way up through the ranks. He has also represented Huyton at schoolboy level.
He made his debut for the Toffees' youth team in a 2–1 Premier
Academy League defeat to Bolton Wanderers on 5 February 2011, coming on
as a late substitute for Hallam Hope. He broke
into the Everton youth team on a regular basis during
the 2011–12 season, impressing after scoring 9 goals in 17 games. Long
also made his reserve team debut during the season, scoring one goal in
seven Premier Reserve League appearances.
He signed a two-year professional contract in July 2013. After steady
progress in the reserves, on 8 January 2014, Long signed for Milton
Keynes Dons on a one-month loan. He made his professional debut on 11
January 2014 in a Football League One win over Shrewsbury Town, starting
the game and scoring once. Long's loan was not extended and returned to
Everton in February, having tallied four appearances and one goal for MK
He joined the senior squad for pre-season training in July 2014 and
went to Thailand to play in the friendly against Leicester City but did
not really impress in his role as striker. However, he scored a goal
for the first team in a 3–1 pre-season friendly defeat to Paderborn in
Long received his maiden call into the senior squad for
Everton's dead rubber Europa League group stage match versus Krasnodar on
11 December. Awarded the number 41 shirt, he made his Everton debut when
he came on for Conor McAleny after 80 minutes
of the 1–0 defeat.
Entering the final six months of his contract in January 2015, Long
stated that he hoped to earn a new deal with his performances
on loan away from Goodison Park. He spent three months on loan with
Brentford in the Championship, where he scored four goals in 11
appearances but with only two starts.
But the prospect of playing full time at the lower level was
appealing and he rejected a new contract from Everton, choosing instead
to join Burnley in the Championship for an undisclosed fee at the end of
He later spoke of differences in training under Martinez:
"After every training session (at Burnley) you felt like you were
getting somewhere whereas under Roberto Martinez at Everton there wasn’t
as much running.
"It was nothing at Everton compared to what we do here and I think
that’s why we bring what we do into the game, because we train as we
Long made only one start for Burnley, however, going out on loan to Fleetwood and
then Bolton during the 2016-17 season.
He would have a succesful spell on loan at Northampton in 2017-18,
before joining Feetwood on a free transfer for just 6 months. He had
better luck at Blackpool for the next 6 months, before agreeing to join
Motherwell in 2019.
But despite scoring 17 goals for the sScottish side over the next two
years, he was relased in May 2021.
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