Lee Hills Player Profile
Debut: Sheffield United (A, 1-4), 17/11/2012
Left back Lee Hills was among a raft of signatures during summer 2012, as manager Gary Smith set about the task of rebuilding the squad after the first major personnel changes seen at Stevenage in a number of years.
The player signed a three-year contract after completing the switch from Crystal Palace, the club at which he had turned professional in 2007. Before that, he had also spent time at Arsenal and Wimbledon as a youth player.
During his five-year stay at Selhurst Park, he made nearly 50 appearances in all competitions and scored once – in a 1-1 draw against Bristol City in 2008. That year, he also earned England U18 and U19 honours.
However, the opportunity of Football League experience was also afforded through a handful of loan spells; first at Colchester United and then at Oldham Athletic. But neither spells yielded much game time.
Injury struck in April 2010, which kept him out of football for a prolonged period of time. Upon his return, Hills went to Southend United on loan in 2012 and made several appearances for the club.
After his contract expired with Crystal Palace that season, he was allowed to leave the club and Stevenage was to provide his next port of call; an opportunity that saw him form part of the new dawn breaking at Boro’.