Junior Hoilett

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Junior Hoilett
Junior Hoilett.jpg
Hoilett playing for Blackburn Rovers in 2011
Personal information
Full name David Wayne Hoilett[1]
Date of birth (1990-06-05) 5 June 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current club Queens Park Rangers
Number 23
Youth career
2003–2007 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Blackburn Rovers 81 (12)
2007–2008 Paderborn 07 (loan) 12 (1)
2008–2009 St. Pauli (loan) 21 (6)
2012– Queens Park Rangers 57 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

David Wayne "Junior" Hoilett (born 5 June 1990) is a Canadian footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers Academy[edit]

Born in Brampton, Ontario, Hoilett was part of the Blackburn Rovers academy set up since the age of 13.[citation needed] He was initially unable to obtain a work permit whilst in England; as a result, Blackburn loaned him to German clubs to help the player earn one in the future.

SC Paderborn 07[edit]

Hoilett made his debut for Paderborn (on loan) against Kickers Offenbach, as a substitute for Sven Lintjens in a 3–2 victory on 3 February 2008, aged 17.[3] Hoilett's first match in the starting eleven was against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on 9 March 2008.[4]

He scored his only goal of his loan campaign on 18 May 2008 versus Borussia Mönchengladbach,[5] in what would be his final game for the club.

Paderborn were later relegated, ending the 2007–08 2. Bundesliga season in 17th position.[6]

St. Pauli[edit]

Hoilett was loaned to another German club in the 2. Bundesliga, FC St. Pauli for the 2008–09 2. Bundesliga season. He made his debut for the Hamburg based side against Greuther Fürth on 22 August 2008. He scored six times during his loan campaign with braces against Alemannia Aachen and Hansa Rostock as well as individual goals against TSV 1860 München and 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

His final game would come in the form of a 1–0 loss against Rot Weiss Ahlen on 3 May 2009. St. Pauli finished the season in 8th position.[7]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

In January 2009, his home club Blackburn Rovers applied for Hoilett to get a work permit for him to play football in England.[8] In the summer of 2009, Hoilett was granted a work permit on appeal, allowing him to continue his fledgling career in England at Premier League club Blackburn.[9]

He scored his first and second goals for Blackburn since his full-time return to the club in only his third game, in a pre-season friendly against non-League club Leigh Genesis. He also earned Rovers a penalty in that game. His first competitive goal for Rovers came in a 3–1 League Cup win at Gillingham on 25 August 2009.[10]

Hoilett was involved in Blackburn's dramatic League Cup win against Chelsea on 2 December 2009. Coming on as a second half substitution, he won an extra-time penalty which Benni McCarthy converted to put Rovers 3–2 up but then missed a golden chance late on to seal victory before Paulo Ferreira equalised in the 122nd minute. However, converted the crucial fifth penalty to help Rovers to the 4–3 shootout win and a place in the semi-finals. He then started his first league match on 12 December 2009 against Hull City, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 draw at the KC Stadium. On 25 February 2010, with his contract due to expire in June 2010, Hoilett ended media speculation regarding his future at the club, by signing a new two-and-a-half year deal with Blackburn keeping him at the club until the summer of 2012. On 9 May, he scored a header in a win over Aston Villa at Villa Park on the final day of the season, but was then confirmed as a Richard Dunne own-goal. Hoilett made his first Premier League appearance of the 2010–11 season on 21 August 2010, by coming on for Nikola Kalinic in the 84th minute in a 2–1 defeat at St Andrew's against Birmingham City.[11]

He scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season in the 1–0 victory over Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup third Round.[12]

Hoilett scored his first league goal on 23 January 2011, in a 2–0 home victory versus West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park, in the 47th minute from a Nikola Kalinić assist. On 12 February 2011, he made his 40th Premier League appearance for Blackburn when he featured against Newcastle United at Ewood Park in a goalless draw, and was replaced at half-time due to a slight hamstring strain by Morten Gamst Pedersen. On 5 March, he scored his third goal of the season in a 3–2 defeat against Fulham in the 65th minute, away at Craven Cottage. He replaced by debutant Rubén Rochina on 82 minutes. His next goal came in the following game, a last gasp equaliser coming from a header against Blackpool at Ewood Park in a 2–2 draw. On 9 April 2011, he scored in the 1–1 draw versus Birmingham City at Ewood Park on half-time, but he unfortunately got injured in the 68th minute, being replaced by Australian Brett Emerton. He scored his fifth league goal of the season with an individual goal, in a 3–2 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium on the last day of the season. On 11 September 2011, in a game between Blackburn and Fulham, he was involved in a collision with Mark Schwarzer which resulted a head injury for Hoilett. He was eventually stretched off and Schwarzer received a yellow card. Hoilett scored a controversial second's goal in a match as Blackburn drew with Wigan Athletics 3–3 after his team-mate Morten Gamst Pedersen seemed to dribble the ball straight from a corner before firing in a low cross for Hoilett to head home from two yards.[13]

In January 2012, Hoilett was named one of the 13 players to watch in 2012 by world football governing body FIFA.[14]

In the 2011–12 season, Hoilett had the most dribbles per game among all Premier League players.[15]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

After refusing a contract renewal with Blackburn Rovers, Hoilett joined Queens Park Rangers on 27 July 2012 for a fee decided by tribunal. He signed a four-year contract.[16][17] He scored his first goal for QPR in a 3–2 League Cup defeat to Reading on 26 September 2012.[18] On 2 March 2013, Hoilett set-up teammate Loic Remy and played a crucial part in a 2–1 win over Southampton. [19] He scored his first goal of the 2013–14 Football League Championship season in a 1–1 draw with Huddersfield. [20] Four months later, he scored his second goal of the season in a comfortable 3–0 win over Bournemouth at Loftus Road. [21]

International career[edit]

Hoilett was born in Canada. As a child, he captained Canada's representative team at the 2001 Danone Nations Cup in Paris.[22]

He is eligible to play for Canada or Jamaica at international level.[14] In February 2011, he rejected a call-up from the Canadian national team stating that he wanted more time to develop his club career before committing to international football.[23] In January 2012, the Jamaica Football Federation President Horace Burrell confirmed that he had approached the player's father about Hoilett representing Jamaica.[24]

In March 2012, Hoilett told various media bodies that he would consider playing for the England national football team if eligible.[25][26]

As Hoilett, his parents and grandparents were not born on the territory of The Football Association, Hoilett needed to meet additional criteria established between the associations of the Home Nations. The Home Nations do not offer eligibility to play for their national teams based solely on a residency requirement, instead they require players to be educated in the relevant Football Association's territory for five years before the age of 18.[27]

While Hoilett joined Blackburn at 13 years of age[28] and did spend five years under contract to the club before turning 18, his two years spent living in Germany on loan to SC Paderborn and St. Pauli mean that he is not eligible for the English national team under the terms of the "Home nations agreement" which prevents players becoming eligible through residency and by requiring a foreign-national to undergo 5 years of education before the age of 18 in the territory of the Football Association he wishes to play for.

Personal life[edit]

Hoilett's father hails from Ocho Rios in Jamaica.[24] Hoilett's brother is Canada U-20 international Jaineil,[29] who represented Canada at the 2009 CONCACAF U-17 Championship and Canada's U-20 team against the United States in December 2010.[30]


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  2. ^ "Player Profile". Premier League. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "Zwei Aussetzer in der Defensive" (in German). SC Paderborn. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 27 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "Beste Torchancen vergeben" (in German). SC Paderborn. Retrieved 27 March 2008. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Paderborn vs. Borussia M'gladbach 2 – 3". SoccerWay.com. 18 May 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "Germany 2007/08". rsssf.com. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Germany 2008/09". rsssf.com. Retrieved 31 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Cryer, Andy (9 June 2009). "Teen ace in permit fight". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Hoilett zurück auf der Insel" (in German). kicker.de. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Gillingham 1 – 3 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "Junior agrees new deal". Blackburn Rovers. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Junior scores 1st 2010/11 season goal vs QPR". Blackburn Rovers. Retrieved 9 July 2012. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Wigan 3–3 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 19 November 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "Players to watch in 2012". FIFA. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Player Statistics Rankings of Premier League (2011/2012)". WhoScored.com. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Junior joins R's revolution". QPR. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "Junior Hoilett joins Queens Park Rangers from Blackburn Rovers". 27 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "QPR 2–3 Reading". BBC. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Southampton 1–2 QPR". BBC. 2 March 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  20. ^ "Huddersfield 1–1 QPR". BBC. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  21. ^ "QPR 3–0 Bournemouth". BBC. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  22. ^ "Danone Nations Cup Alumni". CoupeDanoneCup. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  23. ^ Molinaro, John F. (3 February 2011). "Hoilett absent from Canadian soccer squad". CBC.ca. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  24. ^ a b Wright, Nodley. "New Boyz coming". Jamaica Gleaner. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Hoilett – togetherness is key". SkySports.com. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Premier League and Football League latest scores and results". BBC Sport. 10 March 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  27. ^ "Andrew Driver receives Scotland eligibility boost". BBC Sport. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Junior Hoilett: QPR agree to pay Blackburn a fee rising to £4m". BBC Sport. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  29. ^ "Jaineil Hoilett Profile". Canadasoccer.com. [dead link]
  30. ^ "U.S. U-20 Men's National Team tops Canada 2–0 in friendly in Florida". National Soccer Wire. 18 December 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 

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Preceded by
Martin Olsson
Blackburn Rovers Goal of the season
Succeeded by
Ruben Rochina