The 32-year old Greening reunites with Steve McClaren after spending two full seasons at our club (one on loan, one officially). He made 49 total appearances, scoring just two goals (one being the winner against Pompey in January 2009). His most prolific season was his first, starting 15 league matches and coming off the bench 8 times. Oddly enough, Greening received a booking in 5 of his 7 Europa League games (with one of those booking-free matches being the Europa Final, when he came on in the 119th minute), receiving two one-match bans.
Under Hughes, he featured intermittently throughout the season, making the odd league and cup appearance to total just 10 league cameos. He would go from early November until April without ever getting off the bench in the league.
Although a center-mid by trade, my memory recalls him doing quite well on the left side throughout the years. So, why wasn’t he used there more often? Alas…
A bit-part player throughout the years, Greening will be missed but easily replaced. Under Jol’s reign the club has let go three midfielders, and I would not be surprised to see another face leave assuming that Jol plans on using our burgeoning core of youth (Frei, Donegan, Marsh-Brown, Harris et al).
In other news, Diomansy Kamara has ended up with Kris Boyd at Eskişehirspor. Best of luck, Dio.