Now no longer a pro footballer it seems, young goalkeeper Chris Kettings was signed on loan by manager Teddy Sheringham in summer 2015; the Crystal Palace stopper filling a gap in Boro’s goalkeeping roster. It came at a time when youth teamer Ben Jackson would take to the bench to deputise for Chris Day if needed too.
Born in Glasgow, Kettings started out at Manchester City’s Centre of Excellence. He went to Blackpool in 2007 (still as a youth) and was to become a member of the Seasiders’ first team squad while they were in the Premier League.
August 2011 saw Kettings move to Birmingham City on loan, with the goalkeeper featuring in U18 games at St Andrews. Additional loan spells were to follow: Woodley Sports, Morecambe and York City, before a stint with Hyde in the Conference Premier. First team chances had been at a premium for most of his career, however. Not that it stopped Palace swooping for his services in summer 2014 after his release from Blackpool.
After moving to Oldham for a season, he turned down a new deal in summer 2017 and moved into the commercial sector by taking a role at Aldi.