Aidan White (footballer)
|Full name||Aidan Peter White|
|Date of birth||10 October 1991|
|Place of birth||Otley, West Yorkshire, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Left back / Left Winger|
|Current club||Sheffield United
(on loan from Leeds United)
|2010–2011||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||5||(2)|
|2011||→ Oldham Athletic (loan)||19||(2)|
|2013–||→ Sheffield United (loan)||6||(0)|
|2011–2013||Republic of Ireland U21||10||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:00, 14 December 2013 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Aidan "Aidy" Peter White (born 10 October 1991) is a footballer who plays as a left back for Sheffield United, on loan from Leeds United. Born in Otley, West Yorkshire, he made his debut for Leeds aged 16 and progressed to become a regular member of the first team squad. He plays mainly as a left-back but he can also play as a left winger and has represented both England and Ireland at youth level.
White started his career at Leeds United in The Championship of the English Football League, joining their youth system in 2002, having attended the Brazilian Soccer Schools scheme for a number of years. He made his debut for the Leeds first team at the age of 16 in a League Cup game against Crystal Palace on 26 August 2008, being given a standing ovation from Leeds fans when he was replaced by substitute Bradley Johnson. White made his league debut in the 2–0 win over Carlisle United on 20 September 2008 and signed a professional contract with Leeds in December, contracting him to club until June 2012. Having been highlighted as one of 20 future England stars, along with fellow Leeds teammate Fabian Delph in an article in The Guardian in November, injury problems led to White missing much of the later part of the season as Leeds reached the playoffs.
White returned to training after his injury problems for the start of the 2009–10 season. His injury problems resurfaced after suffering a knee injury during pre-season however, and he eventually made his first start and appearance of the season in a Football League Trophy game against Darlington. White started for Leeds in the FA Cup replay against Kettering Town but had to be replaced in the second half through injury. White did not make his first league start of the season until the fixture at Elland Road against Oldham Athletic. White was played regularly for the remainder of the season, in which Leeds United which gained promotion to the Championship, after finishing runner-up in League One. White's form prompted him to be voted Leeds United's Young Player Of The Year in the fans end of year awards.
After starting Leeds' first season back in the Championship as a first team regular, White picked up a back injury soon after which ruled him out for a month. Manager Simon Grayson subsequently revealed that he was looking to send White out on loan, so that he could get some more first team experience and also help improve his match fitness. He also stated that long term he saw White as a left winger rather than a left back. On 18 November 2010 White joined Oldham Athletic on loan until the following January, a club managed by his former Leeds team-mate Paul Dickov. White scored his first goal in senior football on his debut for Oldham against Dagenham & Redbridge. Whites loan spell was disrupted by five fixture postponements due to adverse weather conditions. He rejoined Oldham on loan on 27 January 2011 until the end of the season. White finished his loan spell having played 24 matches and scoring four goals.
White wanted to use the experience during his loan spell the previous season to help revitalise his Leeds United career and to help earn him a regular starting spot. White also claimed that his time on loan had helped stop him get the bouts of cramp he used to suffer when playing for Leeds. After playing a part in most Leeds' pre season fixtures, White received a new squad number of 28 for the forthcoming season. After regaining a place in the starting eleven, White was suspended after being sent off against Ipswich Town. Leeds appealed against the red-card decision but were rejected, meaning White was forced to serve out his suspension. In September 2011 White revealed he was now over the persistent cramp he used to suffer in games due to 'nervous anxiety' prior to his spell at Oldham. White was linked with a move to Derby County in October, however he revealed he wanted to stay at Leeds long term after cementing his place in the Leeds side. Having been Leeds' first choice left back, after a change in formation White found himself playing out on the left wing as the season progressed. White turned down the offer of a new four-year contract with the club in December, amidst rumored Premiership interest, but remained in negotiations with the club, with manager Simon Grayson confident White would commit his long term future to Leeds. After being deployed mainly as a left back under Simon Grayson, new manager Neil Warnock played White in an attacking right wing position. However during March, White was ruled out for the rest of the season after picking up an injury whilst playing against Watford. With Norwich City showing an interest in signing White at the end of his contract, Leeds stated that they were finalising an an improved offer to extend White's contract. After further reported transfer interest in White, this time from Newcastle United, Leeds manager Neil Warnock confirmed that White had been offered a further new contract to keep him at the club. White was again linked with moves to Celtic and Newcastle United, and by the end of May Warnock said he expected White to leave the club. French club Lille OSC were then publicly linked with signing White, as were Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.
Contrary to this speculation, in July 2012 White went on to sign a new deal Leeds United, designed to keep him at the club for a further three years. White was allocated the number 14 shirt for the 2012–13 season. White finally scored his first goal for Leeds United in their 2–1 League Cup victory against Premier League side Everton in September 2012. White lost his place in the side in the during the January transfer window as Leeds signed left-back Stephen Warnock, with White subsequently being played in an unfamiliar role on the right-wing. At the clubs end of season awards, White's goal against Everton won the award for the fastest goal from open play.
In August 2013, Leeds United confirmed that they had rejected a joint bid from Blackpool for White and teammate Ross McCormack. However, having spent most of the season to date in the reserves, in October White joined Sheffield United on loan until the start of January 2014.
White decided to change his International allegiance, and declared himself for the Republic of Ireland U21 and was called up to the U21 squad to play Austria on 10 August 2011. White made his debut for Republic of Ireland U21 starting the match against Austria, Ireland won the game 2–1 with White providing an assist for Robbie Brady. White was again called up to the Ireland Under 21 squad for friendlies against Hungary and Turkey. He kept his place in the squad for the Under 21s game against Liechtenstein and managed to score his first goal for Ireland in a 2–0 victory.
After his form for both club and country, White was nominated for Under 21 International player of the year at the FAI International Football Awards, with former Leeds teammate Darren O'Dea also nominated for an award.
- Leeds United
- Runners Up: 2009–10
- Club Awards
Player of the Year Awards – Young Player of the Year:
- As of 14 December 2013.
|Season||Club||Division||League||FA Cup||League Cup||FL Trophy||Play-Offs||Total|
|2008–09||Leeds United||League One||5||0||1||0||2||0||1||0||0||0||9||0|
|2010–11||Oldham Athletic (loan)||League One||24||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||24||4|
|2013–14||Sheffield United (loan)||League One||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||–||6||0|
|Leeds United Total||76||1||11||0||12||1||3||0||0||0||102||2|
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