Nick Blackman enjoyed a fruitful loan spell in Israel last season, as he got a taste of European football for the first time with Maccabi Tel Aviv.
The forward couldn’t help his side to get out of Group A in the UEFA Europa League, but he provided the one truly great moment of the campaign by scoring the winner away at Villarreal.
Blackman scored seven times in the league, as well as providing three assists, as Maccabi finished second behind Hapoel Be’er Sheva to secure their place in Europe for another season.
He moved out on loan again for the 2018/19 season by joining Spanish second tier side Sporting Gijon.
He began his professional career at Macclesfield Town in 2007 where he made his debut as a 17-year-old.
Blackman made a swift impression and after a trial at then-Premier League club Blackburn Rovers, he moved to Ewood Park in 2009, before moving on loan to Blackpool for the rest of the season.
He made his top-flight debut at the start of the 2011/12 campaign as a substitute in a 2-1 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as making two more appearances in the EFL Cup.
Blackman moved to League One Sheffield United at the start of the 2012/13 season and scored 14 goals in 33 appearances before moving back to the Premier League with Reading in the January transfer window.
He was a regular face in their side as The Royals were relegated from the top flight and he also featured heavily in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons back in the Championship - before hitting an impressive run of form in the early months of 2015/16.