Another one bites the dust

Last updated : 21 May 2002 By Tony Scholes

Midfielder Sonner as sent off in Birmingham's home game against West Brom in early November and then picked up an injury that has kept him out since. He has just spent the last two seasons at St. Andrews after Trevor Francis signed him from Sheffield Wednesday on a Bosman.

He started his career with Wigan but was released at the end of his YTS with Frank Casper picking him up for the Clarets. At the time he was a striker and he made his first team debut in a 3-1 win at Scunthorpe in April 1991 as a substitute. In the very last league game of that season, against Wrexham, he made his first league start but despite the fact that he remained a Claret until the summer of 1993 he never started a league game again.

He suffered like a lot of young players around that time when Jimmy Mullen took over as manager, he was not one to gamble with youth in any way, and he spent most of his time as a prolific goalscorer in the reserves. He did score one goal in the first team, in a 4-1 hammering at Carlisle in the League Cup.

It was still something of a surprise to those fans who watch the reserves that he was released in the summer of 1993 and he moved on to Germany. Three years later he was back in England with Ipswich Town and after a couple of years then went to Sheffield Wednesday where he played Premiership football for a couple of years.

It was then that Trevor Francis stepped in to take him to Birmingham and for a season he was a regular in the side. His injury came just at the time that Steve Bruce arrived, and he is enjoying a long spell as Birmingham manager, giving him no opportunity to impress.

As is the case with a lot of players Danny Sonner now finds himself looking for a new club.