David Gray (footballer, born 1988)

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David Gray
Personal information
Full name David Peter Gray[1]
Date of birth (1988-05-04) 4 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland[2]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[3]
Playing position Right-back
Club information
Current team
Hibernian
Youth career
2000–2004 Heart of Midlothian
2004–2007 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2010 Manchester United 0 (0)
2006–2007 Royal Antwerp (loan) 1 (0)
2007 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 1 (0)
2009 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 14 (0)
2009 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 12 (0)
2010–2012 Preston North End 45 (0)
2012–2014 Stevenage 53 (0)
2014 Burton Albion 12 (0)
2014– Hibernian 0 (0)
National team
2006 Scotland U19 2 (0)
2008–2009 Scotland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:00, 8 July 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

David Peter Gray (born 4 May 1988) is a Scottish footballer who plays as a right-back for Hibernian. He has represented Scotland at both under-19 and under-21 level.

Gray progressed through Heart of Midlothian's youth system, before joining Manchester United for a fee of £50,000 in 2004. He spent six years at Manchester United, making one first-team appearance in a League Cup fixture in 2006. During his six-year tenure with the club, Gray was loaned on four separate occasions; spending time at Royal Antwerp, Crewe Alexandra, as well as two loan spells at Plymouth Argyle. Gray was released by Manchester United in 2010 and then signed for Preston North End. Gray spent two seasons at Preston, before being released at the end of the 2011–12 season. He has since played for Stevenage and Burton Albion.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Gray began his career at Heart of Midlothian's youth academy, progressing through the youth ranks up until the age of 16,[4] when he attracted the interest of Manchester United, and signed for the club for a fee of £50,000 in 2004.[4] Gray was signed by the club as a winger, although Manchester United's coaching staff felt he was better suited as a full-back, and subsequently deployed him in the right-back position for the majority of the club's reserve games during the 2005–06 season.[5] After impressing during his first full season in the reserve side, Gray made his first-team debut for Manchester United during the 2006–07 season, playing the first 77 minutes in the club's 2–1 victory over Crewe Alexandra in the League Cup in October 2006.[6] It ultimately turned out to be Gray's only first-team appearance for the club.[7] Three months after making his first-team debut, in January 2007, he was sent out on loan to Belgian club Royal Antwerp, to gain match experience. However, after just two games he suffered an injury, which ultimately sidelined him for the rest of the season, and he returned to his parent club in May 2007.[5]

In November 2007, Gray was loaned out once again, this time joining Crewe Alexandra on a one-month loan deal to provide cover for the club's injured players.[8][9] He made one appearance during his brief loan spell, playing 80 minutes in Crewe's 2–0 away defeat to Nottingham Forest.[10] He returned to Manchester United in December that year, and spent the remainder of the 2007–08 season playing for the reserve side.[5] Gray was to enjoy his first spell of first-team football during the 2008–09 campaign, with the player signing for Championship side Plymouth Argyle on loan in January 2009 until the remainder of the season.[11][12][13] He made his Plymouth debut in a 3–1 away defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup two days after signing,[11] and went on to make 15 appearances in all competitions during his loan spell.[14] Gray rejoined Plymouth for a second loan spell in September 2009,[15][16] featuring regularly once again, making 12 league appearances for the club before returning to Old Trafford in December 2009 at the end of his loan agreement.[17] Although both Plymouth and Manchester United discussed Gray's move to Home Park being made permanent in January 2010,[18] no transfer materialised and the player remained at Manchester United, captaining the reserve side on a number of occasions during the latter stages of the 2009–10 season.[19]

Preston North End[edit]

Gray's Manchester United contract expired at the end of the 2009–10 season, and although he was offered a one-year contract extension with the club,[4] he opted to join Preston North End on a two-year contract on 16 July 2010.[20][21][22] On leaving Manchester United, Gray stated — "They offered me another one-year deal, but I decided it was the right time to move on. I am 22 years old and it was either another year at Man United playing in the reserves or take the chance to go and play first-team football at a good level".[4] Gray started the 2010–11 season as a regular in Darren Ferguson's side, making his debut in a 2–0 home loss to Doncaster Rovers on the first day of the campaign.[23] He was ever-present during the first three months of the season,[24] before suffering an injury in November 2010 that ultimately ruled him out of first-team action for three months. He returned to the first-team in a 1–0 away defeat to Hull City on 12 February 2011,[25] although would suffer an even bigger injury setback a month later after breaking his leg in a 1–1 draw against Norwich City at Carrow Road.[19][26][27] The injury ruled Gray out for the remainder of the season, as Preston were ultimately relegated to League One.[19][28] During his first season with the club, he made 25 appearances in all competitions.[24]

Ahead of the 2011–12 season, in June 2011, Gray was given permission by a specialist to begin training, just three months after he broke his leg.[29][30] As expected, he missed the first month of the new campaign as a result of his delayed start to pre-season training,[29] but eventually made his comeback appearance as a second-half substitute in a 2–1 defeat to Southampton in the League Cup on 21 September 2011.[31] He went on to make 27 appearances for Preston during the season.[32] Gray's contract at Preston expired at the end of the season, and he was released by the club in May 2012.[33]

Stevenage[edit]

In June 2012, Gray signed for League One side Stevenage on a free transfer.[34][35] He made his debut for the club on the opening day of the 2012–13 season, playing the whole match in Stevenage's 3–1 home win over AFC Wimbledon in the League Cup.[36] Gray played regularly at right-back throughout the season, making 46 appearances in all competitions.[37] He was placed on the transfer list in May 2013.[38] With Gray entering the final year of his contract at Stevenage, new manager Graham Westley felt he would not play as much as he would have liked, and therefore it was "better for all" that Gray "move on to develop his career".[38]

Burton Albion[edit]

Gray signed for Burton Albion in January 2014 on a contract until the end of the 2013–14 season.[39] He made 12 appearances in 2013–14 Football League Two for Burton.

Hibernian[edit]

Gray signed a two year contract with Hibernian in July 2014.[40]

International career[edit]

Gray represented the Scotland U19 side on two occasions in 2006. In 2008, he was called up to the Scotland U21 team to play in a friendly against Northern Ireland,[41] making his debut during the match.[42] In March 2009, Gray was called up for two 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifiers later that month,[43] although he was an unused substitute for both games.[44][45] He was called up once again later that year,[46] and was an unused substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Austria U21's.[47] A month later, he made his second appearance for the U21 side, starting in Scotland's 1–0 home victory over their Belarusian counterparts, playing 67 minutes of the match.[48]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 14 September 2013.
Club Season League[A] FA Cup League Cup Other[B] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Manchester United
2006–07[49]
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Royal Antwerp (loan)
2006–07
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Crewe Alexandra (loan)
2007–08[50]
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan)
2008–09[51]
14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2009–10[52]
12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Total 26 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Preston North End
2010–11[53]
22 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 25 0
2011–12[54]
23 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 27 0
Total 45 0 1 0 4 0 2 0 52 0
Stevenage 2012–13[55] 42 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 46 0
2013–14[56] 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Total 46 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 51 0
Career totals 119 0 4 0 8 0 3 0 134 0
A. ^ The "League" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League and Belgian Second Division.
B. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy.

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