This week's former Blues Academy graduate is Matt Lockwood...
Matt Lockwood started his career with Blues’ Academy back in 1993, working his way up through the youth system, until he was snatched up by QPR in 1995.
His stay at QPR was short and after just one year he moved to Bristol Rovers on a free transfer.
While with the Pirates he made over 60 appearances and scored his first professional goal, before making his best move of his career.
In 1998 he joined Leyton Orient and became an integral part of the first team, helping Orient secure a place in the play-offs in 1999, but later lost 1-0 to Scunthorpe, who went on to secure the last promotion place that season.
The next two seasons he was named the PFA Team of the Year. His exceptional performances attracted the attention of Premier League clubs. But Orient named a high price and despite receiving offers in the region on £500,00, they didn’t except, and Lockwood stayed an O’s player.
After another couple of successful seasons, he attracted more attention and in 2006 he was named the 47th best player outside the Premier League in a study conducted by FourFourTwo magazine.
Lockwood finished his final season with the O’s in superb fashion, ending the season as the club’s second leading goal scorer in the 2006/07 season, his amazing season saw him named in the PFA League One Team of the Year. At the end of the 06/07 season Lockwood olhe scored 56 goals in over 370 appearances playing in the left-back position.
After a short stay with Nottingham Forest in the 2007/08 season he joined Essex rivals Colchester, but after suffering a knee injury it limited his game time. Lockwood returned to training towards the end of the season and went on to make two more appearances before the season closed.
Loan moves saw Lockwood build up his fitness, but after failing to make a return to the first team he moved at the end of the 2009/10 season.
Lockwood returned to Southend in the summer of 2010, training with the first team for over a month but decided to sign for Scottish side Dundee before the season kicked off.
He went on to play for Dundee for four years, making over 100 appearances, scoring ten goals.
Lockwood retired from football in 2014 after a successful 19-year career.