Anderson played in 39 Championship matches for Nottingham Forest in 2009/10 including both legs of the end-of-season play-off semi-final with Blackpool, which Forest lost 6-4 on aggregate. Anderson made a similar contribution in the following campaign as Forest again reached the end-of-season play-offs, but were beaten by Swansea on aggregate at the semi-final stage. Ironic, given that Anderson preferred Forest over the up-and-coming Swansea. Following Billy Davies' departure, Anderson felt new boss, Steve Cotterill, didn't believe in him as an out-and-out winger and he only appeared in 16 championship matches for Forest in 2011/12, partly due to injury. The East Midlands club had a difficult season but eventually recovered to finish in nineteenth. Anderson wasn't offered a new deal and joined Bristol City on a free transfer in August 2012.
Anderson made thirty first-team appearances for Bristol City in the 2012/13 season, scoring three times. He signed a two-year contract with Ipswich Town during the summer transfer-window of 2013 and when that expired dropped a division to League One, joining Bradford City. He was released in the summer of 2016 and then joined Northampton Town in League One. After a season there he dropped down a division again, joining Mansfield Town where he was a regular, but put up for sale at the end of the campaign. No offers were forthcoming and after failing to make a single appearance in the first half of the 2018-19 season, his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 31st January 2019. He signed a short term contract with Plymouth but was limited to just four substitute appearances.
After being without a club at the start of 2019/20, he agreed to rejoin former club Northampton in October 2019. He made eighteen League Two appearances in a season that was curtailed due to Covid 19. Northampton finished in the play off positions on points per game and Anderson came on as a late substitute in the 4-0 victory to Exeter in final at Wembley, his first appearance at the national stadium. However a few days later he was advised that he would not be offered a new deal and he was without a club when the 2020/21 season began.
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"I was definitely up there with the fastest. Not many would beat me in a sprint; Craig Bellamy was probably faster and Mark Gonzales. When I was 13 I could do the 100m in 12 seconds – I’m not sure what time I could do now, but I know I’m faster."
Paul Anderson on his greatest strength
|Club||Season||Club rank||League apps||League goals||Total apps||Total goals|
|Swansea City||2007-2008||England League One||31||7||41||10|
|Nottingham Forest||2008-2009||England Championship||26||2||28||2|
|Nottingham Forest||2009-2010||England Championship||37||4||44||5|
|Nottingham Forest||2010-2011||England Championship||36||3||39||4|
|Nottingham Forest||2011-2012||England Championship||16||0||19||0|
|Bristol City||2012-2013||England Championship||29||3||30||3|
|Ipswich Town||2013-2014||England Championship||31||5||33||5|
|Ipswich Town||2014-2015||England Championship||36||1||38||2|
|Bradford City||2015-2016||League One||3||0||4||0|
|Northampton Town||2016-2017||League One||39||6||42||7|
|Mansfield Town||2017-2018||League Two||33||1||40||1|
|Plymouth Argyle||2018-2019||League One||4||0||4||0|
|Northampton Town||2019-2020||League Two||18||1||25||1|