Former Championship striker Emile Sinclair has this afternoon signed for NCEL Premier Division side Liversedge and it’s a real coup for manager Jonathan Rimmington.
Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, Sinclair started his career with Bradford City’s youth system in 2005 before being released and signing for Nottingham Forest in 2006. The forward was given chances, along with other young players, in Forest’s 2007 pre-season.
Sinclair made his professional debut away at Chester City in the first round of the League Cup. He came on as a substitute in extra time and went on to score the winning penalty in the penalty shootout.
He made his League debut with a brief appearance at Swansea City. He scored his first professional goal after netting the last of Forest’s 4–0 victory against Gillingham, just two minutes after coming on as a substitute for hat-trick man Junior Agogo. Following this run of form, the 19-year-old was rewarded with a new two-year deal at the City Ground club on 2 October 2007.
On 22 November 2007, Sinclair joined Brentford on a one-month loan deal. His debut was in a 7–0 loss against to Peterborough United. He was dropped to the bench and made his other three appearances as a substitute. His loan spell ended on 2 January 2008. He netted two goals in the reserves upon his return and returned to the first team days later when he came off the bench in Forest’s 4–0 victory over Leyton Orient. He helped The Reds finish second in the 2007–08 season in League One, gaining promotion to the Championship. With The Reds gaining promotion, manager Colin Calderwood commented that Sinclair would be given the chance to impress the following season.
On 16 October, however, Sinclair joined Conference Premier club Mansfield Town on loan, scoring on his debut against Wrexham. His impressive display at the club soon led to Mansfield Town extending his loan until 17 January 2009. He went on to score five goals in 15 appearances on loan with Mansfield before returning to Forest.
After his loan spell at Macclesfield Town ended, Sinclair was involved in the first team against Ipswich Town when he came off the substitute bench to replace Joe Garner at half-time but they lost 2–1. After the match, Manager Billy Davies criticised Sinclair’s performance, stating he was nowhere near being a first team player. t the end of the 2008–09 season, it was announced that Sinclair was being released by Nottingham Forest.
Sinclair joined Macclesfield Town on loan on 15 January 2009 on a one-month loan deal. After making his debut against Aldershot Town on 21 January 2009, Sinclair scored his Macclesfield Town goal on 24 January 2009 in a 2–0 win over Brentford. With six appearances and scoring once, Sinclair rejoined his parent club when the loan spell expiring at Macclesfield Town. Sinclair went on to make eleven appearances for Forest but was still keen to join Macclesfield Town on a permanent basis.
After his successful loan spell at Macclesfield Town, it was announced on 22 May 2009 that Sinclair had signed a permanent one-year deal. He made his debut in the opening match of the season in a 0–0 draw against Northampton Town. It took until on 29 September 2009 for Sinclair to score his first goal in a 1–1 draw against Burton Albion. Sinclair scored a brace in a 3–1 win over Hereford United on 12 December 2009 then scored against Hereford United for the third time that season in a 2–0 win on 6 March 2010. Sinclair scored three more goals: against Bradford City, Barnet and Chesterfield. Sinclair progressed through the 2009/10 season, making 42 appearances and scoring 7 goals. He signed a new two-year contract with the club, keeping him at the end of the 2011/12 season.
In the 2010–11 season, Sinclair started well when he scored his first goal of the season in a 1–1 draw against Chesterfield on 28 August 2010. Sinclair’s second goal came on 25 September 2010 in a 3–1 win over Torquay United. His performance was subjected to transfer bid, only for the club to reject it. Sinclair unfortunately suffered a hamstring injury, which kept him out for four weeks. Sinclair made his return to the first team in a 1–0 win over Bradford City on 20 November 2010. Despite being sent off in a 1–0 loss against Wycombe Wanderers on 26 February 2011, which saw him miss three matches, Sinclair scored three goals later in the 2010–11 season: twice against Burton Albion and once against Gillingham.
At the start of the 2011–12 season, Sinclair scored twice in the first round of League Cup, firstly in a 2–0 win over Hull City, then again in the second round of League Cup in a 2–1 loss against Bolton Wanderers. Three days later, Sinclair scored his first league goal of the season in a 4–0 win over Wimbledon. His goal-scoring form for the seven matches attracted further interest from other clubs but Macclesfield Town were determined to keep the hold of Sinclair.
Sinclair joined Peterborough United on 31 August 2011. They paid an undisclosed fee for the striker, who signed a three-year contract with the club. He believed his pace, power and goal-scoring ability would see him fit in at the club.
Sinclair made his Peterborough United debut, coming on as a substitute for Paul Taylor in the 59th minutes in a 1–0 loss against Hull City, just a month after scoring for them in the League Cup. In the next match, Sinclair scored a brace on his debut start in a 2–1 home victory against Burnley. By November, Sinclair had scored three goals in fourteen matches: against Watford, Southampton and Reading. On 17 December he started against Coventry City at home. Paul Taylor picked up the ball with 20 minutes remaining and found Sinclair in the box. Sinclair guided the ball into the top corner. The match finished 1–0. Sinclair scored his first 2012 goal for the club in a 1–1 draw against Birmingham City but, soon after, Sinclair found himself lower in the pecking order following the new signing of Tyrone Barnett. As a result, Championship’s rivals Coventry City and other clubs made a bid for him but were rejected by Peterborough United. Weeks after, Sinclair scored his first goal in two months in a 3-2 loss against Ipswich Town. Then, on 7 April 2012, Sinclair scored twice in a 2–2 draw against Coventry City. However, Sinclair suffered an ankle injury during a match against Nottingham Forest and was out for the rest of the 2011–12 season. Despite this, he helped the club survived relegation to stay in the Championship next season, scoring ten times in thirty-five appearances.
Sinclair scored his first goals of the 2012–13 season with a hat-trick in a 3–1 win at Hull City on 29 September. These goals helped Peterborough to their first points of the season. Peterborough were the only team in all four divisions without a point. After the match, Sinclair described scoring a hat-trick as “incredible”. Sinclair continued to be in the first team at Peterborough United until he was transfer-listed following a breach of club discipline, along with three other players. Sinclair was previously placed on the transfer list over contract negotiations that had received no response from the player. Rotherham United and Barnsley were keen to sign Sinclair and Barnett on loan but the attempt to sign the pair were rejected by Peterborough United.
On 20 November, he signed for Barnsley on loan until 19 January 2013. Sinclair made his Barnsley debut, where he came on as a substitute for Marcus Tudgay in the 81st minute of a 2–1 loss against Cardiff City on 24 November 2012. After making four appearances for the club, Sinclair’s loan spell at Barnsley ended abruptly.
Shortly after his loan spell with Barnsley came to an end, Sinclair signed for Doncaster Rovers on loan on 5 January 2013 until the end of the season. Upon moving to the club, Manager Brian Flynn believed Sinclair could play a vital role in the club’s attempt to get promoted to the Championship. He made his debut immediately, starting in the match against Colchester on 5 January, being subbed in 67th minute when Manager Dean Saunders chose to bolster the midfield. He only made four appearances, however, as he spent the most of his Doncaster Rovers career on the bench.
Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Sinclair started his Peterborough United return when he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers. Following this, Sinclair said he determined to fight for his first team place. After appearing the first five matches as an unused substitute, however, bench, League One club Crawley Town agree terms for Sinclair.
Sinclair signed for League One club Crawley Town on 29 August 2013 on a two-year contract for a £100,000 fee. He made his debut when he came on as a substitute for Billy Clarke in the 90th minute of a 3–2 loss against Gillingham on 7 September 2013. Two weeks later, on 21 September 2013, Sinclair scored his first Crawley Town goal in a 1–1 draw against Colchester United. After the match, Sinclair said he determined to impress Manager Richie Barker following his first goal for the club. His second goal for the club then came on 19 October 2013, in a 1–0 win over Bradford City. Sinclair’s third goal came on 8 October 2013, in a 3–2 loss against Newport County in the second round of Football League Trophy. Sinclair scored his fourth goal of the season, in a 2–1 win over Hednesford Town.
However, Sinclair struggled to score goals regularly, netting only four times and claiming he fallen out of love with football. Sinclair was allowed to leave the club in the January transfer window. Mansfield Town, for whom he played in 2008, were keen to sign Sinclair but decided against it.
On 31 January 2014, Sinclair joined League Two club Northampton Town on loan for the remainder of the season. The options included a potential two-year contract.
The next day, on 1 February, Sinclair made his Northampton Town debut, coming on as a substitute for Alan Connell in the 57th minute in a 1–1 draw against Cheltenham Town. His performance saw him named the Northampton Town Player of the Month for February. Two weeks later, on 11 February 2014, Sinclair scored his first goal in a 2–1 win over Torquay United. Sinclair went on to make twenty appearance and scored twice.
In the 2014–15 season, Sinclair suffered a groin injury that kept him out for weeks but soon regained his fitness. Upon returning to training, the club was considering selling Sinclair after he found himself down the pecking order following new signings. Sinclair made his first appearance of the season when he came on as a substitute in the 58th minutes and scored a late equaliser in a 1–1 draw against Shrewsbury Town. Sinclair then suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for a month. Sinclair continued to be plagued by injury when he suffered a hamstring injury.
Sinclair was released by Northampton on 19 January 2015, just six months into a two-year deal.
On 20 January 2015, Sinclair signed for League Two club York City on a one-and-a-half-year contract. Four days later, Sinclair made a quick impact when he scored in a 1–1 draw against Burton Albion. Three weeks later, on 10 February 2015, Sinclair scored his second goal for the club in a 2–2 draw against Luton Town. Sinclair went on to make twelve appearances and scoring twice.
On 1 February 2016, Sinclair joined National League club Guiseley on a one-month loan. He made 13 appearances and scored two goals as Guiseley finished the 2015–16 National League in 20th place. Sinclair was released by York when his contract expired at the end of 2015–16.
In August 2016, Sinclair signed for National League North club Altrincham. He then signed for their divisional rivals Bradford Park Avenue on 14 September 2016. He was released at the end of 2016–17.
On 9 June 2017, Sinclair signed for Northern Premier League Division One North club Scarborough Athletic. He signed for fellow Northern Premier League Division One North club Ossett Town in October 2017. He then moved on to Goole in January 2018.