Craig Morgan (footballer)

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Craig Morgan
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Personal information
Full name Craig Morgan[1]
Date of birth (1985-06-16) 16 June 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Flint, Wales[2]
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United
Number 20
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Wrexham 52 (1)
2005–2007 Milton Keynes Dons 43 (0)
2006 Wrexham (loan) 1 (0)
2006–2007 Peterborough United (loan) 6 (0)
2007–2010 Peterborough United 119 (4)
2010–2012 Preston North End 50 (3)
2012– Rotherham United 55 (1)
National team
2001–2003 Wales U17 6 (0)
2002–2003 Wales U19 3 (0)
2003–2006 Wales U21 12 (0)
2006–2011 Wales 23 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:23, 28 January 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:26, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

Craig Morgan (born 16 June 1985 in Flint) is a Welsh international footballer who currently plays as a defender for Football League One side Rotherham United.

After beginning his career with spells at Wrexham, where he helped win the Football League Trophy in 2005, and Milton Keynes Dons, he joined Peterborough United in January 2007 after a short loan spell, helping the club reach the Football League Championship by winning consecutive promotions in the 2007–08 and 2008–09 seasons.

Club career[edit]

Wrexham[edit]

Morgan began his career as a youth player at Wrexham, making his professional debut at the end of the 2001–02 as a substitute during a 5–0 win over Cambridge United at the age of 16, a game which confirmed Wrexham's relegation to Division Three,[3] and was handed a second substitute appearance the following week in a 1–0 defeat to Stoke City.[4] Shortly after, Morgan soon handed his first professional contract.[5] Morgan remained a bit part player the following season, although he did score his first professional goal during his first appearance of the season on 5 October 2002 in a 2–2 draw with Cambridge United.,[6] making seven appearances in all competitions as Wrexham gained promotion back into Division Two at the first attempt.

The 2003–04 season saw Morgan begin to establish himself in the Wrexham first team, making 21 appearances in all competitions as the club mostly stayed clear of a relegation battle with a 13th placed finish. During the latter part of the season, Morgan was sent off for the first time in his professional career, in a 0–0 draw with Plymouth Argyle on 27 March 2004.[7] The following season saw him make his most amount of appearances in a single season for Wrexham, including playing in all six of the team's matches as they won the Football League Trophy, beating Southend United 2–0 in the final at the Millennium Stadium.[8] However the season ended in disappointment for the team as they were relegated back into Division Three after being docked ten points due to entering administration.[9] At the end of 2003–04 season, Morgan signed a new contract[10]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

Following relegation, Morgan, who was out of contract with the club, entered into talks over a new contract but rejected the first offer made by Wrexham stating: "Wrexham have been a great club for me, I understand their financial problems, but I'm not happy with my offer."[11] Two weeks later Morgan's departure from Wrexham was confirmed, signing a two-year contract with League One side Milton Keynes Dons, who had previously been warned by Wrexham boss Denis Smith over their attempts to sign him,[12] for an undisclosed five-figure transfer fee.[13]

He made his debut for his new club on 6 August 2005, the opening day of the 2005–06 season, in a 2–2 draw with Bournemouth,[14] and appeared in 47 during the season which ended in relegation from Division Two. After starting the next season in the first-team, Morgan fell out of favour and was allowed to return to his first club Wrexham on a one-month loan deal,[15] one week after making his debut for Wales, becoming the first Milton Keynes Dons player to win an international cap since the team's relocation. He made two appearances during his loan spell before returning to the National Hockey Stadium where he did not make another appearance before being sent out on loan again on 23 November 2006, this time to Peterborough United, until January 2007.[16]

Peterborough United[edit]

He made his debut for The Posh on 2 December 2006 in a 2–1 win over Tranmere Rovers in the second round of the FA Cup as an 85th minute substitute for Shane Huke.[17] After impressing during his initial loan spell, having made seven appearances, his move was made permanent on 2 January on a free transfer.[18] He quickly established himself in the first team and scored his first goal for the club in a 2–0 victory over Notts County on 3 March 2007.[19]

In the 2007–08 season he made 41 league appearances, as well as signing a new three-year contract in February 2008,[20] as the club won promotion to League One by finishing as runners-up to Milton Keynes Dons. Ahead of the club's League One campaign in the 2008–09 season, Morgan was handed the captaincy of the team at the age of just 23, taking over from Micah Hyde.[21] However on 29 September he was replaced as captain by Russell Martin, less than two months later. Peterborough Manager Darren Ferguson put the decision down to Morgan's involvement with the Welsh national team, which often saw him miss while on international duty, stating: "Craig did fine, it's nothing about that, he was just missing games."[22] Despite losing the captaincy,[23] he remained a regular first-team player and helped the side to their second consecutive promotion after forming a defensive partnership with Gabriel Zakuani,[24] finishing as runners-up to Leicester City and reaching the Football League Championship. During the summer break after the 2008–09 season, Morgan became Peterborough's all-time record international appearance maker by winning his 14th cap for Wales in a friendly against Estonia.[24] In December 2009, Morgan revealed he nearly joined Notts County loan deadline window, but fell though in a last minute.[25]

Preston North End[edit]

On 6 July 2010, Morgan joined Preston North End for a fee in the region of £400,000., where he will be joined by former Peterbrough manager, Darren Ferguson[26] On the opening day of the season, Morgan made his debut in a 2–0 loss against Doncaster Rovers. Under Ferguson, Morgan would managed to established himself in the first team, though placing unused substitute in the matches. On 19 October 2010, Morgan scored his first goal in a 3–2 loss against Scunthorpe United; several weeks later, he scored again in a 2–1 loss against Barnsley. Soon after, Ferguson was sacked after straight losses and Phil Brown succeed him. Toward the end of the season, the club was relegated to League One, finishing in the bottom three.

In his second season, with Preston now in League One, Morgan made several mistakes in the early start of the season, leading Brown to drop him out of the squad for three months.[27] On his return in a 5–2 loss against Charlton, Morgan scored his first goal. After being sent-off over professional foul in a 2–1 loss against Yeovil Town on 28 January 2012, Morgan was partly used due to injury and then falling out of favour by newly manager Graham Westley.[28] Two months later on 31 March 2012, Morgan made his return in a 2–0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday and would be in the squad for the rest of the season.[29]

Ahead of a new season, Morgan suffered an hernia injury, ruling him out for three weeks.[30] Morgan is soon making his way out at Preston, having deemed surplus to requirements.[31] Manager Westley says his departure as a "bizarre".[32] His contract was terminated by mutual consent on 31 August 2012 (the transfer deadline).[33]

Rotherham United[edit]

Shortly after being released by Preston, Morgan joined Rotherham United on a free transfer.[34] Five days later, Morgan made his debut, coming on as a substitute, in a 6–2 loss against Port Vale. Since arriving at Rotherham United, Morgan established himself in the first team and was linked with League One side Coventry City and League Two side Fleetwood Town and Chesterfield.[35] But the transfer speculation ended when Morgan signed an 18-month extended contract[36] Having signed a new contract, Morgan suffered an foot injury during a match against Wycombe.[37] It reported that Morgan will be out for six weeks and even after Christmas.[38] Having been out for two months, assistant manager Paul Raynor says he is expected to come back in "two to three weeks" from full training[39] He scored his first goal for the club in the Millers 4-1 home win over Exeter City on the 9th April 2013.

International career[edit]

Morgan made his debut for the Wales under-17 side on 24 September 2001 in a 2–0 friendly win over Scotland,[40] going on to win 6 caps for the side before moving up to under-19 and under-21 levels.

He made his debut for the Wales senior side on 11 October 2006 in a 3–1 win over Cyprus at the Millennium Stadium during the qualifying campaign for Euro 2008.[41]

Career statistics[edit]

[42]

As of 27 November 2012
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wrexham 2001–02 Division 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2002–03 Division 3 6 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 1
2003–04 Division 2 18 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 21 0
2004–05 League One 26 0 1 0 1 1 6 0 34 1
Total 52 1 2 0 1 1 9 0 64 2
Milton Keynes Dons 2005–06 League One 40 0 4 0 1 0 2 0 47 0
2006–07 League Two 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Wrexham (loan) 2006–07 League Two 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Peterborough United (loan) 2006–07 League Two 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
Milton Keynes Dons Total 43 0 4 0 2 0 2 0 51 0
Peterborough United 2006–07 League Two 18 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
2007–08 League Two 41 2 4 0 1 0 0 0 46 2
2008–09 League One 26 0 5 0 1 0 1 0 33 0
2009–10 Championship 34 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 38 1
Total 119 4 12 0 5 0 1 0 137 4
Preston North End 2010–11 Championship 31 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 33 2
2011–12 League One 19 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 25 1
Total 50 3 3 0 3 0 2 0 58 3
Rotherham United 2012–13 League Two 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
Career total 284 8 23 0 11 1 15 0 334 9
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including substitutes) in the Football League Trophy.

Honours[edit]

Wrexham
2004–05
Peterborough United
2007–08
2008–09
Rotherham United
  • League Two: promotion 2012-13 (Runners Up)

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Stoke 1–0 Wrexham". BBC Sport. 13 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
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  14. ^ "MK Dons 2–2 Bournemouth". BBC Sport. 6 August 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  15. ^ "MK Dons' Morgan loaned to Wrexham". BBC Sport. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
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  17. ^ "Tranmere 1–2 Peterborough". BBC Sport. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
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  29. ^ "Westley: ‘Players leaked my team selection’". Lancashire Evening Post. 31 March 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
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  34. ^ "Rotherham bring in defender Craig Morgan". BBC Sport. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
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  36. ^ "Craig Morgan signs Rotherham United extension". BBC Sport. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  37. ^ "ROTHERHAM UNITED: Millers rule out injured Craig Morgan". The Star. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  38. ^ "ROTHERHAM UNITED: Not a simple answer over Craig Morgan loss". The Star. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
  39. ^ "Rotherham United: How Millers are missing Morgan". The Star. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013. 
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  41. ^ "Wales 3–1 Cyprus". BBC Sport. 11 October 2006. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
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