Born in Queensland at Logan Hospital almost 19 years ago to English parents, Perry Cotton, has spent the majority of his life in the West Midlands of England. He returned to England with his mother as a four year old and it’s there that he would eventually take up the world game.
Taking to football like a duck to water, he was first noticed playing for St John’s Colts in the Tamworth Cup Final back in 2007. At 10 years old he had the likes of Leicester and West Bromwich Albion chasing him but it was Birmingham City that the young defender chose after they put in a firm offer of a two year scholarship.
He has been with the Blues ever since and even signed a one year professional deal back in May of this year as one of eight Academy graduates to do so. Good in the air and offers something going forward as well as in defense, it was in January this year that the player known as ‘Pez’ really caught the eye.
In an FA Youth Cup match against the more fancied Liverpool, the Australian-born Cotton came up against Sheyi Ojo who has been described as ‘the next Raheem Sterling’ and also has gone on to get first team experience on loan at Wigan and Wolverhampton. The contest between the two was described by the Liverpool Echo as a ‘lively battle’ but it was the Blues right back who came out on top with a ‘great ball’ after a run down the right that set up his team to score the winner in extra time.
Birmingham manager, Gary Rowett, played a big part in the offering of the professional contracts to the Academy players and hinted that loan moves to the Conference might be on the cards to see how the young players handle the physicality of senior competition. For Cotton it would be another step in the right direction towards accomplishing his dream of being a professional footballer.
As for his international allegiance, his mother Sharon, hopes ‘one day he’ll play for England’ but having an Australian passport leaves the door open for an appearance in the Green & Gold. Perry revealed to the Birmingham City FC website back in 2013 that he was Australian when they asked him to tell them one thing about himself not many people know. He visited the country of his birth for the first time in a long time during the recent off season and also told Football Central that he is more than open to the possibility of playing for Australia.
Turning nineteen later this month, it is an important time in the promising defender’s career. The next twelve months of the defender’s journey will be interesting to follow.
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