We chart Leicester City midfielder Andy King's rise to the top
By Raz Mirza
Last Updated: 31/03/16 9:07am
Andy King has risen from League One to the top of the Premier League with Leicester City.
The midfielder is in elite company when it comes to players who have remained with just one club throughout their career - and, after 328 appearances for the Foxes, King could be on the brink of a remarkable achievement with the title chasers.
King, 27, made his senior debut a decade ago, and now, after working under seven different managers - including Nigel Pearson twice - the Wales international is aiming to cap an already memorable campaign by landing the Premier League crown.
Here, we look how King has risen to the top with Leicester by charting his remarkable career...
King spent six years as a schoolboy at Chelsea, but the academy player realised he wasn't going to make the grade at Stamford Bridge with Claudio Ranieri at the helm and moved to Leicester in 2004.
The midfielder was known as being naturally defensively-minded but also very skilful with an eye for goal from distance. He turned down a potential move to Conference side York City in the summer of 2007 and it proved to be a wise decision.
King's first goal for the club was memorable - a 35-yard screamer in a 2-1 defeat to Southampton in December 2007.
Despite being unable to help prevent the club from being relegated to League One, a series of impressive first-team displays earned him a three-year deal in the summer of 2008.
Promotion & Wales cap
The new contract motivated King and he proved an inspirational figurehead in helping the Foxes secure promotion as League One champions, making over 50 appearances across all competitions in 2008/09 and scoring nine league goals in the process.
And it wasn't long before he earned recognition on the international stage with Wales manager John Toshack calling him up for a friendly against Estonia.
He has since played a significant role in the Wales squad that made history by qualifying for next summer's European Championship finals in France.
Kingy is always there, he's an experienced head and he's a very important part of the dressing room.
Wes Morgan on Andy King
King spent five seasons as a Leicester first-team regular in the Championship and bagged a season-high 15 goals during the 2010/11 campaign. He became the club's highest scoring midfielder in their history when he netted his 54th goal against Wigan in 2014.
His hard work and leadership was rewarded when the Foxes won promotion to the Premier League with six games to spare in 2013/14.
Leicester team-mate Wes Morgan has known King since he first arrived at the club and says he is looked upon as an elder statesmen, describing him as an "experienced head".
"I've known him since he first came to Leicester and since I've been here he has been very welcoming," said Morgan. "We get on really well and when I go in to my meetings with the gaffer I go in with Kasper [Schmeichel] for his advice and Kingy as well.
"Kingy is always there, he's an experienced head and he's a very important part of the dressing room."
Premier League title dream
King grabbed his opportunity of playing in the big time with both hands, making his top flight debut in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Everton.
And his commitment to the Foxes' cause was rewarded when he signed a new four-year contract with the club on his 26th birthday in 2014.
After helping the Foxes pull off a remarkable escape from relegation last season, King is now part of the Leicester squad chasing the dream of winning the Premier League title. He has not been involved in every match this season - he's made 21 appearances under Claudio Ranieri - but Morgan says his attitude has been incredible.
"You'll hear him in the dressing room," Morgan said. "Obviously everyone wants to play but the form that Drinky [Danny Drinkwater] and [N'Golo] Kante has been in you can't really argue against that.
"He understands how good the team has been and he has been fully supportive of the team. Before we go out he's there cheering everyone, makes sure everyone is on their game and he's fully behind us, and when he gets his chance there's no doubt he comes in and does a good job."
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