Where is Mark Draper now?
A talented midfielder who spent most of his Premier League playing career at Aston Villa and Leicester City retired from playing in 2003 after a spell at Southampton
He did however make a brief comeback in 2009 when he signed for non-league Dunkirk.
Draper arguably enjoyed the best football of his career at Aston Villa where he won the League Cup in 1996 and also won two call-ups to the England national side (although he was never capped).
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Upon retiring from playing he moved to Spain for a couple of years but returned to the UK to study for his coaching badges.
He spent time at former club Notts County working within the club’s academy and also helped out as kitman because the club had no money.
Leaving Meadow Lane in 2011, Draper then spent two years at Stoke City coaching within their academy set up.
Having already obtained his UEFA ‘A’ and ‘B’ coaching badges, Draper joined non-league side Radford FC as a coach in 2012 before a brief spell in the same capacity at Arnold Town.
In 2013 Draper teamed up with ex-footballer David Norton to set up their own football academy based in Nottingham which offers a football and education programme for 16-18 year olds.
They also run an under-19’s academy at Nottingham University as well as working with younger age groups through after school clubs and holiday camps.
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Mark Draper: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Aston Villa, Leicester City, Southampton|
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