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Chris Killen

Chris Killen
Chris Killen playing for Middlesbrough.
Personal information
Full nameChristopher John Killen
Date of birth8 October 1981(age 35)
Place of birthWellington, New Zealand
Height1.86 m
Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current clubShenzhen Ruby

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Christopher John "Chris" Killen (born 8 October 1981) is a New Zealand international footballer who plays as a striker for Chinese Super League club Shenzhen Ruby. Killen grew up in Wellington and played his club football for Miramar Rangers. After a trial with Manchester City, he joined City's youth academy. His first senior club appearances came during a loan spell at Wrexham in September 2000, and the following season he was loaned to Port Vale. Killen joined Oldham Athletic in July 2002 for £250,000, but failed to match his price tag through persistent injury, and was eventually released on a free transfer.

In January 2006, Killen joined Hibernian. Killen scored 11 goals for Hibs in the early part of the 2006 07 season, but a ruptured achilles prematurely ended his season in January. Killen's contract with Hibernian expired in the summer of 2007, and he rejected the offer of a one-year extension from the Edinburgh club. He then signed for Celtic on a three year contract, but found first team opportunities hard to come by, and was loaned to Norwich City during the 2008 09 season. Killen rejoined his former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough in January 2010.

Killen made his international debut for New Zealand during the 2000 OFC Nations Cup, and was included in the New Zealand U23 squad for their appearance at the 2008 Summer Olympics as one of 3 over age players. He was also named as part of the New Zealand squad for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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