Former QPR and Cardiff man signs two-year deal with Thai side

Former Arsenal, Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers striker Jay Bothroyd has joined Thai Premier League club Muangthong United

Jay Bothroyd had been without a club since Queens Park Rangers released him at the end of last season. He has now ended his exile by joining Muangthong United on a two-year deal reportedly worth £5million according to the Daily Mirror.

Jay Bothroyd had enjoyed a decent career in England even though he only blossomed once he was well into his 20's. His best spell came with Cardiff City during a three-year period.

He scored 45 goals for the Welsh side and was the spearhead of a strong promotion challenge in the Championship. Unfortunately he was part of the side that was knocked out of the Championship play-offs for the second year running in 2011.

It was during his time at Cardiff that he was given his first and only international call-up.

He had started the 2010-2011 season in blistering form scoring 15 goals in his first 16 matches, and due to many of the regular England strikers being injured he was handed an opportunity. He appeared as a second half substitute in the 2-1 defeat to France, becoming the first player from the Football League to represent England since Preston North End's David Nugent in 2007.

A move to QPR in 2011  gave Bothroyd another chance at the Premier League, having previously played for Blackburn Rovers and Charlton Athletic in the top flight. QPR had just achieved promotion and had managed to attract one of the best players from the Championship.

The future looked promising for the former Arsenal youth player. He played 21 times in the league for QPR that season but only managed two goals. He was out of favour under Mark Hughes and was sent on loan to Sheffield Wednesday the last season and was reunited with former Cardiff boss Dave Jones. He only scored one goal there, and in a couple of years Bothroyd's career had gone from hero to zero.

After playing for Coventry City, Perugia, Blackburn Rovers, Charlton Athletic, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City, Bothroyd had finally settled at Cardiff. He failed to agree a new contract with them before moving to QPR.

If he had stayed in Wales then I am sure he could still be a key player for them. He was exceptional in his last season with them, and could have carried that form into the top flight. He had a lot of competition at QPR but he was the main man for the Bluebirds.

His new adventure in Thailand is with one of the biggest clubs in Asia.

Perhaps he was attracted by a new culture and a new experience, or perhaps the money had a big factor in his decision. The standard of football certainly will not be as good as he is used to, and it could have been all so different for the one cap international.

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