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Maceo Rigters

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Norwich Career: 2008 (2 appaearances) (on loan from Blackburn Rovers) 
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Date of Birth: 22/01/1984 (Amsterdam) 
Nationality: Dutch


Norwich City attempted to sign Dutch Under-21 striker Maceo Rigters from NAC Breda in the summer of 2007 after he had impressed in the UEFA Under-21 Championship where he won the Golden Boot. Norwich were pipped to the post by Blackburn Rovers who signed him on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee

However Norwich had a second bite at the cherry when Glenn Roeder signed Rigters on loan from Blackburn on 19th March 2008 until the end of the 2007/8 season. “We're delighted to be able to bring him to Norwich,” said Roeder. “We have beaten off quite a few other Championship clubs [including Ipswich] that wanted to give him the same opportunity but he has chosen us. In this division we are a big club, but you don't often get an opportunity to bring in a player of Maceo's pedigree to a club that's in the Championship. He's a powerful lad and technically gifted. He's strong, got pace and, as he showed last year in the [European U21] Championships for Holland, he was the leading goalscorer. So he can score goals, which is something we've been short of.”

Rigters began his career with SC Heerenveen making his debut during the 2002-03 season. After 2 appearances, he transferred to FC Dordrecht where he made 17 league appearances, scoring eight goals. He then signed for NAC Breda

Rigters made his first official game appearance in a Blackburn shirt in a UEFA Intertoto Cup match against FK Vetra on 22nd July 2007. Rigters replaced Benni McCarthy in the 65 minute.

Rigters made his debut for Norwich as a late substitute in the 5-1 victory over Colchester on 22nd March 2008. He set up the fourth goal for the Canaries which gave Jamie Cureton his first hat-trick for the Canaries. Unfortunately he suffered a hamstring injury ten minutes after coming on as a substitute against Bristol City on 29 March 2008 and thus his loan spell at Carrow Road came to an abrupt end.

During the early part of the summer of 2008, Rigters was linked with a permanent move to Norwich but instead signed for Barnsley on a season long loan on 8th August 2008

Rigters joined Southend on trial during the summer of 2009 but returned to Rovers. On 1st September 2010, he returned home on a season long loan from Blackburn to Dutch side Willem II

Released by Blackburn at the end of the 2010/11 season, he joined Aberdeen on trial on 10th August 2011

He then trialled with New Zealand based Wellington Phoenix but they could not meet his wage demands and so on 3rd September 2011, he signed for fellow Australian A-League side Gold Coast United. He made 22 appearances in his first season but appears to have left the club

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