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 200506 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
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".