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Kris Bright

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Norwich Career: Trial (2009)
Current Club: Bidvest Wits (South Africa)
Date of Birth: 05/09/1986 (Auckland, New Zealand) 
Nationality: New Zealander


New Zealand international Kris Bright joined Norwich City on trial in July 2009 and played, as substitute, in the 1-1 draw with a Manchester United XI on 25th July 2009. Manager Bryan Gunn said "He has been with us for the last few days and he came on and showed some nice touches, We will have a think about it over the weekend and we have got some decisions to make."

Bright was a free agent having left Greek side Panserraikos FC. He is the son of former New Zealand international Dave Bright who played in the 1982 World Cup. Kris started his football career with Manurewa AFC in his home city. Bright then played for several clubs throughout New Zealand, including a stint with North Shore United in 2003, before joining Waitakere City in 2004. Whilst with Waitakere, Bright was the 2004 top scorer in the Northern Premier League. Over two seasons, as a semi-professional with Waitakere City, Bright scored a total of 29 goals before heading to England to trial for Gillingham FC. The trial was unsuccessful, and Bright returned home to play for Canterbury United in the New Zealand Football Championship during 2005.

He joined the New Zealand Knights' apprenticeship scheme through the Charlton Athletic Youth Academy. He did not join the full-time squad of the A-League club, and in the meantime had transferred to Waitakere United for the 2005–06 season. Shortly after the start of the season, though, Knights player Neil Emblen suffered a knee injury and was forced onto the injured list, which would allow the club to sign Bright as a replacement for four weeks. He did enough to win another short term contract. In mid-2006, Bright left for Britain again, this time to trial at Scottish side Kilmarnock, where he was for a month, playing three games & scoring 2 goals. Although he was not signed by Kilmarnock, Bright remained in Europe, and in late August began trialling with Dutch club Fortuna Sittard. He signed a one year contract with the Dutch side but played just 11 games for them before transferring to Norwegian Division 2 club Kristiansund BK. In January 2009 Kris signed a 18month contract with Greek Super League side Panserraikos F.C but left in July 2 by mutual consent.

In the end, Norwich opted not to pursue their interest in Bright any further and he instead signed for Shrewsbury on 3rd August 2009. He made a total of 26 league appearances in the 2009-10 season, including 22 from the bench, scoring two goals.

Kris left Shrewsbury on 7th December 2010 by mutual consent having made just one appearance during 2010/11 following a shoulder injury.

Bright then found himself signing a 2.5 year deal with former Hungarian giants Honved Budapest on a free transfer. Unfortunately at the end of the first season at the club, and with the club having huge financial difficulties and unable to pay full wages, Bright was to find a new club.

On 3 October 2011 Bright joined Maltese club Balzan Youths on a short-term deal. Bright linked up Balzan until December before he made the move to Bryne FK in Norway in January 2012. Bright accepted the offer of joining Balzan so that he could maintain his match fitness prior to the move to Bryne. The move was a success helping the recently promoted side to a top 6 finish scoring 5 crucial goals in 10 starts for the club. The 25-year-old had agreed a pre-contract with Bryne and joined up on 1st January 2012.

With the team struggling in the league, limited opportunities as a striker, and offers from other teams, Bright signed a short term deal on 2nd August 2013 with FC Haka in the Finland Premier League. Bright cited his reasons for leaving were "to get regular playing time as a striker to score goals".

In March 2013 Bright signed a deal with IFK Mariehamn in the Finland Premier League for the whole 2013 season. He joined Lincoln City on 8th March 2014 but moved in November 2014 to newly formed club Bharat FC of the Indian I-League.

On 10th July 2015, he signed for Bidvest Wits in South Africa (former club of Matty Pattison)

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