Jack Frank Porteous Cork is an English footballer currently playing for Southampton. He is a versatile player who normally plays in midfield, but can also play in defence. He is the son of former Wimbledon player, former Bolton Wanderers coach, and Sheffield United assistant manager Alan Cork. Cork joined the Chelsea youth set up age of nine, and captained both the club's youth and reserve teams. During the 2006–07 season, Cork twice went on loan to Bournemouth. Cork spent the 2007–08 season on loan at Scunthorpe United. After 35 appearances and impressive statistics, despite Scunthorpe's ultimate relegation from the Football League Championship, he was voted the club's Player of the Year. In August 2008, Cork joined Southampton on loan until 1 January 2009, after the Saints beat off reportedly stiff competition from both Sheffield Wednesday and Aberdeen. In January 2009, Cork joined Watford on loan until the end of the 2008–09 season.On 24 January 2009, Cork scored his first goal for Watford in a 4–3 victory over Crystal Palace in the 4th round of the FA Cup. On 21 August 2009, Cork signed a new three year contract with Chelsea and immediately signed for Coventry City on loan until the end of December 2009. On 1 February 2010, Cork signed on loan to Burnley until the end of the season. On 27 November, Cork scored a last minute winner against Derby at Turf Moor taking Burnley into the play-off positions. On 7 July 2011, Cork signed for Southampton, after they agreed an undisclosed fee with Chelsea. He was called up into the Team GB football squad for the London 2012 Olympics.
How the Premier League's January signings have fared
There were three headline-grabbing signings made in January - Gabriel Paulista, Wilfried Bony and Juan Cuadrado - as well as three less-publicised acquisitions - Jack Cork, Robert Huth and Aaron Lennon.
There were some big and well documented performances this weekend but a few others who snuck out of the spotlight. This is my Premier League team of the weekend. Team of the Weekend: Spurs Spurs win Team of the Week and thus this side is rendered in their colours. They weren’t great for a large [...]
I’m going to select a team of the weekend but it’s going to be selected as to be tactically viable so there’s not 6 strikers or anything like that. Tim Krul – Newcastle Krul has been missing with an injury over recent weeks and his return was absolutely critical to Newcastle’s win. He produced a [...]
Jack Cork: A calm presence in the heart of the Saints’ midfield
Southampton’s first season back in the Premier League started slowly for Jack Cork after an injury ruled him out until November, but his return to fitness has seen him develop, together with Morgan Schneiderlin, a strong centre-midfield partnership charged with the task of keeping the Saints in the top tier. …