Aaron Wildig

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Aaron Wildig
Aaron Wildig.jpg
Wildig playing for Cardiff City in 2010
Personal information
Full name Aaron Keith Wildig[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-15) 15 April 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Hereford, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town
Number 15
Youth career
2008–2009 Cardiff City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Cardiff City 13 (1)
2011 Hamilton Academical (loan) 3 (0)
2011–2012 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 12 (2)
2012– Shrewsbury Town 51 (3)
National team
2008 Wales U16 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:28, 3 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aaron Keith Wildig (born 15 April 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays for Shrewsbury Town. A midfielder, he began his career with Cardiff City, and spent time on loan with Scottish Premier League club Hamilton Academical, before joining Shrewsbury, initially on loan in 2011.

Club career[edit]

Cardiff City[edit]

Wildig was born in Hereford, but began his career at Cardiff City, making his way through the club's youth system, including captaining the under-18 side.[2][3] In April 2009, Wildig signed a professional contract at the club,[4] before going on to make his professional debut at the start of the 2009–10 season, replacing Miguel Comminges during a 3–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round of the League Cup on 11 August.[5] He made two more appearances in the competition for Cardiff, in the second round win over Bristol Rovers and the third round defeat to Aston Villa. His league debut came nearly three months later when he replaced Riccardo Scimeca at half time during a 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion on 8 December.[6] He made his first start on 12 January 2010 in the FA Cup tie with rivals Bristol City,[7] and then made his first league start on 16 January against Scunthorpe United. During his next league appearance, Wildig scored the first professional goal of his career during a 5–1 defeat to Newcastle United.[8]

He moved on loan to Scottish Premier League club Hamilton Academical on 25 January 2011 until the end of the season.[9] He made his debut 4 days later in a 1–1 draw with Kilmarock[10] and made 3 more appearances before returning at the end of the season.

On 8 November 2011, he joined League Two side Shrewsbury Town on a loan.[11] He made his debut for the club on 12 November, in a FA Cup match against Newport County. He scored his first goal on 19 November, in a 7–2 win over Northampton Town, however he suffered an ankle injury in the following game, which kept him out fort the rest of the month. He extended his loan by an extra month on 8 December.[12] On 17 January 2012, Wildig extended the loan again till the end of the season.[13] Following a late season surge in form, he impressed Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner and following the club's promotion to League One, Turner offered Wildig a contract at Shrewsbury.[14]

On 21 May 2012, Wildig was released by Cardiff along with six of his fellow players.[15] He had spent a total of four years at the club, but he was not part of the future plans of new manager Malky Mackay.

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

On 29 May 2012, Wildig agreed a deal to join Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer.[16] He made his debut as a contracted Shrewsbury player on 11 August 2012, in a League Cup match against Leeds United, where he was a substitute for fellow former Cardiff City player Joe Jacobson.[17] He went on to make 21 league appearances that season, scoring once against Bury.[18]

Wildig signed a one year contract extension on 21 May 2013,[19] and by playing an unspecified amount of matches the following season triggered a clause to extend his contract for a further year.[20]

International career[edit]

Despite being born in England, Wildig instead chose to play for Wales and represented the Under-16 side.[4][21] It was later discovered, however, that Wildig did not qualify for Wales as his only Welsh relative is a great-great grandfather and the international ruling on familial linkage only allows qualification through a parent or grandparent.[22]

Club statistics[edit]

As of match played 3 May 2014.
Club statistics
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cardiff City 2009–10[23] Championship 11 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 17 1
2010–11[24] Championship 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12[25] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cardiff City total 13 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 21 1
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2010–11[24] Scottish Premier League 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2011–12[25] League Two 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Shrewsbury Town 2012–13[26] League One 21 1 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 24 1
2013–14[27] League One 30 2 1 0 1 1 1[a] 0 33 3
2014–15[28] League Two 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shrewsbury Town total 63 5 3 0 2 1 2 0 70 6
Career total 79 6 8 0 6 1 2 0 95 7
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

Honours[edit]

Shrewsbury Town

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/12/2011 and 31/12/2011" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Brilliant Win For City Youngsters". South Wales Echo. 20 October 2008. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Swans Spot on Against Cardiff". swanseacity.net. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Wildig Signs Pro Deal". cardiffcityfc.co.uk. 15 April 2009. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Cardiff 3–1 Dag & Red". BBC Sport. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "West Brom 0–2 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 8 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Bristol City 1–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 12 January 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2010. 
  8. ^ "Newcastle 5–1 Cardiff". BBC Sport. 5 February 2010. Archived from the original on 6 February 2010. Retrieved 5 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Accies To Land Cardiff Starlet". Sky Sports. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Hamilton 1–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 29 January 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2011. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Wildig Joins Shrewsbury on Loan". cardiffcityfc.co.uk. 8 November 2011. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Wildig To Stay Another Month". shrewsburytown.com. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Wildig To Stay on Loan To Shrews". cardiffcityfc.co.uk. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Gaffer Interested in Wildig". shrewsburytown.com. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  15. ^ "Heaton Heads City Departure List". cardiffcityfc.co.uk. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Cardiff City Midfielder Aaron Wildig To Sign For Shrewsbury Town". BBC Sport. 29 May 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Leeds United 4–0 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Bury 2–2 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Aaron Wildig Signs New One-Year Deal". BBC Sport. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  20. ^ "Aaron Wildig Onboard For Next Season". Shrewsweb. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Wales Under 16 Football News". dragonsoccer.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  22. ^ "International Blow For Hereford Footballer". Hereford Times. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2010. 
  23. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wildig in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Wildig in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "Games played by Aaron Wildig in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wildig in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  27. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wildig in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Aaron Wildig in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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