Australian striker Paul Harries, who had previously played on loan for Torquay United, made two appearances for Exeter City before moving to New Zealand.
Sydney-born Paul started his English footballing career as a non-contract player with Portsmouth in September 1997 and made a single appearance for Pompey as well as having a spell on loan with Basingstoke Town. He then joined Crystal Palace in September 1998 but never made their first team, and after playing five times on loan for Torquay United in early 1999, moved to Carlisle United in July 1999.
Paul probably enjoyed the best spell of his career in Cumbria featuring in 20 league matches and netting twice ahead of leaving for Macclesfield Town in August 2001 where he didn’t feature in the first-team. Then, following a loan stint at Merthyr Tydfil, he returned to Australia to play for Wollongong Wolves before coming back to Britain in search of a club.
It was at this stage that Paul linked up with Exeter City for pre-season training playing against Southampton in a friendly on 7 August 2002 and, in time, signing for the club in September 2002. He made his Grecians debut at Brighton in the League Cup on 14 September 2002 and came on as a substitute in the home game against Bristol Rovers four days later.
Within days Paul had moved on and he next appeared for Football Kingz, based in Auckland, prior to a return to Wollongong Wolves and then on to Sutherland Sharks followed by, in 2008, Bankstown City Lions.
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