Aaron Doran

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Aaron Doran
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Personal information
Full name Aaron Brian Doran Cogan[1]
Date of birth (1991-05-13) 13 May 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Charleville, County Cork, Ireland
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Number 10
Youth career
2007–2008 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2011 Blackburn Rovers 3 (0)
2009 Milton Keynes Dons (loan) 4 (0)
2010 Leyton Orient (loan) 6 (0)
2011 Inverness Caledonian Thistle (loan) 14 (3)
2011– Inverness Caledonian Thistle 90 (11)
National team
2011–2012 Republic of Ireland U21 5 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 October 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2013

Aaron Brian Doran Cogan (born 13 May 1991), known as Aaron Doran, is an Irish professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for Scottish Premiership club Inverness Caledonian Thistle.


Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Doran signed his first professional contract with Blackburn Rovers in May 2008. He was involved in 2008–09 pre-season matches against Macclesfield Town and NAC Breda. Doran was given squad number 39 by Rovers manager Paul Ince in September 2008. He made his first team debut as a substitute for Aaron Mokoena against Liverpool on 11 April 2009.

On 5 October 2009 he was signed by League One club MK Dons on a month's loan deal.[2] On 22 February 2010, he signed for Leyton Orient on a month's loan.[3] Doran made his debut for the club in a 2–0 loss against Gillingham on 23 February 2010. Having played two games, Doran says he's keen to stay at the club for another month.[4] In a 2–0 win over Walsall on 13 March 2010, Doran set up a goal for Sean Thornton, to score the first goal in the game and would score the second. On 29 March 2010, it announced Doran would return to Blackburn after having end his loan,[5] as he made his last appearance nine days ago in a 2–0 loss agsinst Huddersfield Town.

Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce stated in October 2010 that Doran had gone "backwards" since emerging as a "tremendous prospect."[6] Though Allardyce suggested in the same interview that the player had time to recover, he chose not to select the player for first team squad involvement. After Allardyce was removed from charge by Rovers' new owners, Venkys, Steve Kean listed Doran as a substitute in his first game as manager.[7]

Inverness Caledonian Thistle[edit]

On 25 January 2011, Doran signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan for the final six months of the 2010–11 SPL season.[8] Inverness Caledonian Thistle's manager, Terry Butcher, likened Doran to former Watford footballer Nigel Callaghan, suggesting that Doran was part of a wider re-emergence of technically gifted footballers at the top level of British football.[9] Doran made his debut the day after signing his loan deal, coming on as an 82nd-minute substitute for Stuart Duff in a 2–0 defeat at home to Aberdeen.

On his first club start, Doran helped Inverness beat Morton 5–1 to reach the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup, making two assists. His general performance was described as "impressive" by BBC Scotland's game report. Doran scored his first goal for Inverness in a 3–3 draw against St. Mirren.[10] Doran second goal would came in a 1–1 draw against Heart of Midlothian on 16 April 2011 and scored the next game in a 3–0 win over St. Johnstone.

On 13 July 2011, it was announced that Aaron Doran had agreed a deal to join Inverness Caledonian Thistle permanently.[11] He played his first match, since being moved permanently, coming on as a substitute, in the opening game of the season as Inverness lose 1–0 to Hibernian. During a match against Kilmarnock in a 2–1 win, Doran suffered a dislocated shoulder, resulting him out for three months.[12] Two months later, Doran would make his return in a 2–0 loss against St. Johnstone on 15 October 2011. On 28 December 2011, He got injured in a home game against Hibs, playing his first match since his injury. After the match, Doran wouldn't play again and would resulting saw him ruled out for most of the season. In mid-April, Doran is abled to make his return in a 2–0 loss against Aberdeen and would play until the last game of the season.

The following season, Doran set up a goal for Nick Ross in the opening game of the season in a 2–2 draw against St. Mirren. Two month later on 5 October 2012, Doran scored his first goal of the season in a 3–1 win over Ross County and made a double assist for Billy McKay and Gary Warren in a 4–1 win over Dundee the next game. Doran was highly praised by the Inverness manager Terry Butcher after the 3–0 defeat of Rangers on Halloween 2012 in the League Cup quarter-finals. "If you give Aaron Doran space he'll utilise it, he'll expose teams and expose space, he's a good passer and a good supplier. He doesn't score a lot but what he does do it create a lot"[13] After a good November month, include a win against Kilmarnock, Celtic and Aberdeen, Doran, along with Butcher and McKay, won Clydesdale Bank SPL November awards[14] In mid-December, Doran announced he wants to stay at the club and hopes Butcher will offer him a new contract.[15] In April, Manager Butcher announced that Doran is close signing a new contract, along with David Raven.[16] At the end of the season, the speculation finally ended for Doran as he signed a new three-year contract with the club.[17]

The 2013–14 season starts off very well for Doran when he scored and assist in the opening game of the season, in a 3–0 win over St. Mirren.[18] He scored another in a 2–2 draw against Celtic a few weeks later.[19] Doran would later continued his goal scoring form, scoring from the League and the Cup. Doran played in the final of the Scottish League Cup, where he came on as a substitute for James Vincent (footballer) in the 63rd minutes, and then converted the fourth penalty in the penalty-shootout, as Inverness CT would lose 4–2 on penalties against Aberdeen to win the Scottish League Cup.[20]

Individual Awards[edit]

Player Award Month
Republic of Ireland Aaron Doran SPL Young Player of the Month[14] November 2012

Career statistics[edit]


  1. ^ "Statistics" (PDF). Premier League. Retrieved 10 July 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Ince recruits Blackburn youngster". mkdons.com. 5 October 2009. Archived from the original on 9 October 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Doran makes Orient move". Sky Sports. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Doran enjoying taste of Orient". Sky Sports. 4 March 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Rovers return for Doran". Sky Sports. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Allardyce says Doran has gone 'backwards'". lancashiretelegraph.co.uk. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Blackburn 0 Stoke 2". rovers.co.uk. 26 December 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  8. ^ "Doran Heads North". rovers.co.uk. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "Doran Will Thrive North of the Border". pressandjournal. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Two Assists for Doran on Debut". 5 February 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Doran signs permanent deal at Caley". 
  12. ^ "Inverness lose Aaron Doran for three months". BBC Sport. 27 August 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Inverness: Terry Butcher delighted to reach League Cup semi-final". BBC Sport. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Inverness CT sweep Clydesdale SPL November awards". BBC Sport. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Doran wants stay at Caley Thistle". Inverness. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Inverness CT: Doran & Raven close to agreeing new deals". BBC Sport. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Aaron Doran pledges future to Inverness CT by signing three-year deal". STV.tv. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Inverness CT 3 St Mirren 0: James Vincent ready to replace Andrew Shinnie as second half goal blast buries Saints". Daily Record. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Celtic 2–2 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  20. ^ Campbell, Andy (16 March 2014). "Aberdeen 0–0 Inverness CT". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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