Date Of Birth19 July 1992
Michael Hector signed for the Blues from Reading in September 2015 and was immediately loaned back to his former club for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.
Hector, 23, from London and a boyhood Chelsea supporter, began his career in the youth team at Millwall and moved to the Reading academy in 2009.
Having continued his development and gained crucial experience of first-team football out on loan, Hector made his Reading debut in January 2014 at the age of 21.
During 2014/15, under the guidance of former Chelsea player and coach Steve Clarke, Hector established himself as a hugely important member of the Reading defence, making 49 appearances in all competitions and scoring three goals. He also played the full 120 minutes of Reading's FA Cup semi-final defeat against Arsenal at Wembley.
In 2015/16 he made 35 appearances for the Berkshire club up to late April, including several as a midfielder, after which he spent the rest of the season training with Chelsea.
Hector travelled to Austria and the US with the first team squad during pre-season ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, and in August it was announced he would spend the season on loan at German side Eintracht Frankfurt.
He had the misfortune to be shown a red card in both his opening two matches there, but recovered to score a very late equaliser in his fourth outing against Hertha Berlin. He continued to play regularly for a Frankfurt side challenging in the top half of the Bundesliga and progressing in the German Cup.
Playing in different positions across a back-three defence and on a couple of occasions in defensive midfield, he made 27 appearances for the Bundesliga side as they finished in a respectable 11th position, having been in competition for the European places but missing out in the closing weeks, and were only narrowly beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final. Hector had scored in a semi-final penalty shoot-out. Previously he scored an injury-time equaliser in a 3-3 draw with Hertha Berlin in September 2016.
On 27 July 2017, Hector joined Hull City of the Championship in a season-long loan and played 38 times in all competitions, scoring once as the Tigers finished strongly to avoid a second consecutive relegation.
Hector has represented Jamaica at international level and started all three of their matches at the 2015 Copa America.