4 years ago
By Steve Jinman
Premier League striker DJ Campbell has signed for Maidenhead United this evening and goes straight into the squad for Saturday's FA Cup tie.
Campbell, who was a free agent following his release from Blackburn Rovers in the summer, has been training with the Magpies recently and today has decided to sign for United.
The move came about due to the close relationship Campbell has with Maidenhead manager Johnson Hippolyte. Although he began his career in the Aston Villa youth team, Campbell dropped out of football, only for Hippolyte to spot him opposite his home playing with friends in Hammersmith Park.
Hippolyte invited him to training at Chesham United, Campbell using non league football to rebuild his career which took off when he rejoined Drax at Yeading scoring 65 goals in 88 appearances and earning himself a move into the Football League to Brentford in the summer of 2005. The fairytale continued with Campbell moving onto Premier League Birmingham City in February 2006.
Since then he's spent virtually all of his career in the top two divisions of English football, appearing for Leicester, Derby, Blackpool, Ipswich and QPR before arriving at Ewood Park in 2013,
going onto spend the latter half of last season on loan at Millwall.
Throughout his career though Campbell never forgot his roots and has popped along to York Road to support his former manager's new club when his playing commitments allowed.
Now Campbell has signed up with Hippolyte again in a bid to resurrect his career once more and break back into the Football League.
Although the signing represents something of a coup for the Magpies, he is not the first Premier League player to arrive at York Road. During Alan Devonshire's reign former Chelsea striker Mark Nicholls spent the first half of the 2002/3 season with the Magpies whilst Tony Gale, who won the Premier League with Blackburn, played a key role in the rejuvenation of the club's playing fortunes on the pitch in the late 90s.