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|Full name||Daniel Leslie Grainger|
|Date of birth||28 July 1986|
|Place of birth||Penrith, England|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|2006||→ Brechin City (loan)||10||(0)|
|2011–2013||Heart of Midlothian||40||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:33, 3 July 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Penrith, Cumbria, Grainger began his career with Gretna, joining as a schoolboy in the summer of 2002. Grainger made over a dozen appearances before a loan spell with Brechin City in early 2006.
At the start of the 2006–07 season, Grainger became a first-team regular, playing in all but a handful of Gretna's matches. On 27 August 2006, Grainger scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Queen of the South. On 11 November 2006, Grainger scored his second goal for the club in a 2–1 win over Livingston. Later on 2006–07 season, Gretna had also been promoted to the First Division, ensuring promotion to the Scottish Premier League. At the start of the 2007–08 season, Grainger became a first-team regular for Gretna's campaign in the Scottish Premier League, making 17 appearance for them before being sold. On 15 December 2007, Grainger made his last appearance for Gretna where he scored his third goal (and last in his Gretna career) in a 3–3 draw against Kilmarnock. Later in 2007–08 season, Gretna struggled in the SPL and were relegated before being formally liquidated on 8 August 2008. Four years on, Grainger says he has no regret leaving Gretna and left because of the club's financial crisis which led to liquation.
On 27 December 2007, he agreed terms to conclude his transfer to Dundee United when the transfer window reopened on 1 January 2008. One day after signing for Dundee United, Grainger made his debut for Dundee United in a 4–1 win against his future club Heart of Midlothian where he made his first start for Dundee United. Throughout the 2007–08 season at Dundee United, Grainger became a first-team regular in full back defence, playing in all but a handful of Dundee United's matches. The following season of 2008–09, Grainger struggled for first-team opportunities after the arrival of Paul Dixon restricted Grainger to just nine starts in the SPL. In his second season, Grainger says describe his season as "hell".
At the end of 2008–09 season, newly promoted side St. Johnstone have made an inquiry for Grainger after boss Craig Levein confirmed there has been contact from the Saints. On 15 July 2009, he signed for Scottish Premier League club St. Johnstone on a two-year deal. Upon joining St. Johnstone, Grainger says he will never make a mistake that cost him his first team place.
On 15 August 2009, Grainger made his debut for St. Johnstone in a 2–2 draw against Motherwell. In the 2009–10 season, Grainger became a first-team regular in full back defence through 2 seasons until his departure. In a match against Hearts on 30 August 2009, Grainger was in a row with Suso Santana after claims Suso spit on Grainger at the touchline altercation during the first half, which Suso denied the claim. Grainger, himself, says he accept his [Suso] promise to never do it again [spit on him]. On 12 September 2009, Grainger provided an assist for captain Jody Morris to equalise in a 1–1 draw against St. Mirren. On 3 October 2009, Grainger scored his first goal in a 2–0 win over Hamilton Academical. On 10 February 2010, Grainger provided a double assist for Graham Gartland and Peter MacDonald in a 3–2 loss against Kilmarnock. On 30 March 2010, Grainger provided a double assist for Cillian Sheridan and Chris Millar in a 4–1 win over Rangers. At the end of the season, Grainger says he is happy that St. Johnstone survived the SPL
In the 2010–11 season, Grainger soon suffered an injury after colliding with the post, on the opening game of the season, which he came off on the 21st minute after being stretched, in a 1–1 draw against Hearts. After the match, Hearts player Calum Elliot apologised to Grainger after clashing with him which led him collide with the post. He unexpectedly made his return on the next game when he went on as a substitute in the first half in a 1–0 loss against Aberdeen. He scored his second goal for St. Johnstone (first for the season) in a 2–1 loss against Rangers on 28 August 2010. On 23 October 2010, Grainger scored his third goal for St. Johnstone in a 2–1 win over Hamilton Academical which was a winning goal from Direct free kick. However after the match, Hamilton player Flávio Paixão claims that Grainger assaulted him by punching him in the dugout. Manager Derek McInnes defended Grainger, insisting that Paixão should be embarrassed and ashamed over his [Paixão] claims. On 27 October 2010, Grainger provided a double assist for Murray Davidson and Sam Parkin in a 3–2 loss over Celtic. On 30 October 2010, Grainger received his first red card of his football career in a 3–0 loss against Celtic after a second bookable offence.
Heart of Midlothian
Towards end of the season, Grainger informed Derek McInnes that he would not be renewing his contract this summer as with his wife pregnant, he wanted to return to his Cumbrian roots to be nearer to his family. On 25 May 2011, Grainger left St. Johnstone and joined John Sutton and Jamie Hamill, to join Hearts, on a two-year contract. Making his debut against Rangers at Ibrox on 23 July. Upon the move, Grainger says he would like to follow the footsteps of left back players like Gary Naysmith, Takis Fyssas, Tosh McKinlay and Lee Wallace.
On 23 July 2011, Grainger made his debut for Hearts in a 1–1 draw against Rangers and providing assist for David Obua. At Hearts, Grainger established himself in left back defence. In the Third qualifying round of UEFA Europa League second leg against Hungarian side Paksi SE (which is the club first time in European Competition), Grainger provided assist for Ryan Stevenson to score the first goal in the match as Heart went on to win 5–1 (6–1 on aggregated) to go through to the next round. Ahead of a match against his former club, St. Johnstone, Grainger feared of receiving mixed reception by the fans over lies of not moving to Cumbrian and also his wife has given birth.
After the match between Kilmarnock and Heart which resulted 1–0 win for Kilmarnock, Grainger was criticised by Dean Shiels by branding him a coward when Shiels was face down when Grainger's studs landed on his back. This led SFA's compliance officer give Grainger was subsequently suspended for two matches. Since his ban, Grainger hadn't played until making his return in a 4–0 loss against Celtic after being suspended at first before suffering an groin injury which kept out of action following an operation. In the Scottish Cup Final in the Edinburgh derby, Grainger scored a penalty on the 48 minutes after Pa Kujabi sending off on the penalty box which was his first goal. After the match, Grainger says the final was the massive motivation for the club.
Ahead of the new season, Grainger went undergo an groin injury to keep himself fit for the new season after starting his post-groin operation rehab. In mid-July, Grainger returned to training. He made his return after being absent for two match ahead of a new season in a 2–2 draw against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. On 21 October 2012, Grainger scored a winner in a 1–0 win over Motherwell from a free-kick. A month later on 17 November 2012, Grainger scored again, with a same result he scored a winner, but this time a win over St. Mirren. A week after scoring, Grainger, however, soon suffered an injury during a match against Motherwell after landing awkwardly and needed surgery on his left knee. Unfortunately, Grainger will be out for nine months A month during sidelines, Grainger was told by the club that he will not be offered a new contract as his contract will end in the summer, citing the club's financial difficulties as the main reason.
Following his release from Hearts, Grainger returned to England to have trials at Blackpool, Carlisle United and Sheffield United before moving back to Scotland to have trial at St. Mirren. Three days later, Grainger joined St. Mirren on a one-year deal, with the option of a further year.
On 31 January 2014, it was announced that Danny left the club by mutual consent after making thirteen appearance.
On the same day, Grainger signed for Dunfermline Athletic, where the club is standing in third tier of the Scottish Professional Football League. The next day, Grainger made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut in a 3-1 win over East Fife. Since his debut, Grainger had an extended run in the first team throughout the season. Grainger then scored on 1 March 2014, in a 3-1 loss against Stranraer. A weeks after, on 15 March 2014, He then received a red card, in a 2-0 loss against Rangers.
Despite this, Grainger helped the club finished second, which they qualified for the Championship play-offs and helped them to win against Stranraer on aggregate. Unfortunately, Dunfermline Athletic would remain in League One after losing in the Championship Play-offs final to Cowdenbeath 4–1 on aggregate, which Grainger made his final appearance for the club. At the end of the season, Grainger was keen to stay at the club for another season However, the club expresses it difficulties to keep him at the club. and Grainger confirmed his departure from Dunfermline Athletic through social media.
On 20 June 2014, Grainger penned a one-year contract with hometown club Carlisle United, making his first English club in his career. Upon his move to Carlisle United, Grainger says the move is a dream come true, though he feel it was strange, due to playing his time at the club's youth team.
|Brechin City (loan)||2005–06||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||10||0|
- Scottish Premier League Young Player of the Month: 1
- January 2008
Heart of Midlothian
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