Ben Chorley Player Profile
Debut: Leyton Orient (H, 0-1), 02/02/2013
A permanent acquisition towards the closing stages of the January 2013 transfer window, Chorley was snapped up by Stevenage from League One rivals Leyton Orient. And it was a signature that came shortly after the news that Jon Ashton faced the rest of the season out injured.
The defender arrived having amassed plenty of Football League experience following his departure from Premier League giants Arsenal in 2003. He made no senior appearances for the Gunners, with a spell on loan at Brentford his only senior experience under Arsene Wenger. He did, however, win the 2001 FA Youth Cup.
After leaving Arsenal, Chorley moved to Wimbledon in 2003 and remained there through the name change to MK Dons. In four years with the “club”, he racked up well in excess of 100 outings, but found himself shipped out on loan to Gillingham in 2007 – an initial three-month stay from October 2006 became until the end of that campaign.
Tranmere Rovers gave him an exit from the Dons in summer 2007, but found himself in and out of the team during the first of a two-year stint with the Prenton Park outfit. Leyton Orient became his last port of call before Stevenage, moving to Brisbane Road in 2009 and making more than 100 appearances in a spell stretching nearly three years.
At 6’3, Smith captured a man who was more than capable of commanding the back line and offering yet another physical barrier to the Boro’ goal. With a robust presence, Chorley’s capture appeared to add more steel to Boro’s defensive ranks – which, when you consider Mark Roberts, Jon Ashton and Bondz N’Gala, is quite a statement.