Paul Giles played for Exeter City on loan from Cardiff City in 1982. He later played in the Netherlands and for Weymouth, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil before embarking on a lengthy playing and management career in South Wales semi-professional football.A Wales Under-21 international (3 caps), he commenced his career with Cardiff City gaining a full contract in June 1979 after working his way through the junior sides. He featured in 24 league matches for the Ninian Park club scoring one goal.
He signed for Exeter City on loan in March 1982 just two days after appearing for the Welsh Under-21 side against Holland. He made his Grecians’ debut in a 4-0 defeat at Reading and scored his only goal for the club in the next match against Chester.
The winger was not retained by Cardiff City on his return to the club and he signed for Excelsior Rotterdam before moving on to SVV Dordrecht. Returning to South Wales in January 1984 he contacted Exeter City and had a short spell training with the club in the hope of earning a contract again. A month later Giles signed for Weymouth before joining Newport County. He later played for Merthyr Tydfil before another spell with Newport where he scored twice in 29 league games. Thereafter he was with Merthyr (again), Inter Cardiff (the first of several spells with the club in its various guises) , Barry Town (as player-manager), Ebbw Vale and Cwmbran Town. He later managed Rhoose and Dinas Powys.