|Full name||Graham Carey|
|Date of birth||20 May 1989|
|Place of birth||Blanchardstown, Ireland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2009||→ Bohemians (loan)||15||(2)|
|2010||→ St. Mirren (loan)||13||(3)|
|2010–2011||→ Huddersfield Town (loan)||19||(2)|
|2009–2010||Republic of Ireland U21||6||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:50, 6 May 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
Graham Carey (born 20 May 1989 in Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer who currently plays for Ross County after being released by Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren. Following his release, sources revealed that Carey wanted to leave the club in January by request transfer, but this was rejected. He plays as a left sided attacking midfielder. Carey joined Celtic in 2005 from Shelbourne's youth team and made his Celtic debut in 2009 against Rapid Vienna in the UEFA Europa league, He has played six times for the Republic of Ireland Under 21 team, having been capped at all International levels from under 15. Carey has had previous loan spells with Bohemians in the League of Ireland, St Mirren and Huddersfield Town in League One in England. Carey won the SPL Young Player of the Month award for April 2010 while on loan at St Mirren.
Craig Brown, ex Scotland and Motherwell manager stated Carey "looks a real talent" and stated Carey "is the kind of player fans like to watch" Ex St Mirren Manager Gus MacPherson said of Carey "When he picks up the ball there's excitement as the crowd sense something may happen. He's always more than capable with his excellent delivery from set-pieces."
In 2005, Carey signed for Celtic from Shelbourne's youth set up. He made his senior Celtic debut as a substitute against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on 17 December 2009, a match which Celtic drew 3–3. He was regularly named as a substitute for Celtic in the 2009–10 SPL season before been loaned out to St Mirren in February 2010, where he won the SPL Young Player of the Month award for April 2010 and League One team Huddersfield Town in August 2010.
Carey has been a regular for the youth team and reserves during his time in Glasgow and worked under Willie McStay, Danny McGrain and Neil Lennon. Carey would later cited leaving Celtic as a disappointment, due to lack of first team opportunities at Celtic.
In a bid to get more first team experience for Carey, Celtic boss Gordon Strachan loaned him out to League of Ireland Champions Bohemians in February 2009. He played his first league match against Derry City on 13 March and scored his first league goal against St. Patrick's Athletic on 11 April.
Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon was keen to extend Carey's loan deal which expired in July until the end of the season. The talented winger was out of contract at Celtic also in July and aiming to secure a place in Tony Mowbray's team due to impressive performances with Bohemians and the Republic of Ireland under 21s.
Carey was due to play on the left wing in Bohemians Champions League qualifiers against the Austria Champions Red Bull Salzburg but the loan deal could not be extended in time. He made 20 appearances and scored five goals in all competitions for Bohemians and capped his loan period by winning a League of Ireland Medal.
St. Mirren (loan)
Carey joined St. Mirren on loan on 1 February 2010 until the summer of 2010. Carey made his debut against St. Johnstone on 10 February in the SPL. He came on as a 60th minute substitute and curled in a free kick which led to the equalising goal. He was described as having "impressed" on his debut.
Carey won the SPL Young Player of the Month award for April 2010 and MacPherson added that he was keen to keep Carey at St Mirren. Craig Brown ex Scotland and Motherwell manager thought "looks a real talent" and "is the kind of player fans like to watch."
Saints manager Gus McPherson said in a post match interview "Graham Carey had some good delivery from the wider area. He's only been with us for a week and we hope he'll be a good addition for us." He scored his first goal for St Mirren on 6 March when he scored from a free kick against Rangers. Carey played as a wing back in a defensive 3–5–2 formation. After the match, Carey says he copied Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick. A few weeks later, Carey was in the squad and made his starts against Rangers, once again, in the Scottish League Cup final, in a 1–0 loss.
Carey scored a 35-yard free kick against Hearts in the SPL on 3 April, and was commended by the St Mirren manager Gus MacPherson, "It was a wonder strike from Graham. When he picks up the ball there's excitement as the crowd sense something may happen. He's always more than capable with his excellent delivery from set-pieces."
Carey received a standing ovation from the St Mirren fans in their 1–0 victory against Kilmarnock. Carey produced the corner that he took and led to the St Mirren goal. Carey went on to make 17 appearances in all for St Mirren during his 3-month loan period.
Carey's successful loan spell at St Mirren attracted interest from Premier League clubs Wigan Athletic, Wolves and Blackpool as well as Ipswich Town in the Championship. He was offered a two-year contract extension by Celtic.
Huddersfield Town (loan)
On 14 July 2010, Carey signed on loan for League One outfit Huddersfield Town until January 2011. Huddersfield boss Lee Clark said "Graham will bring brilliant versatility to the squad – he can play anywhere up the left side of the pitch.... He has a terrific left foot and he looks as elegant as you would expect from a quality left-footed player". Carey made an immediate impact with Huddersfield scoring a low left footed drive from 20 yards against Bury in a pre-season friendly on 19 July on his debut.
He made his first appearance for the Terriers as a substitute in the 1–0 win against Carlisle United at Brunton Park in the League Cup. He made his first League One start in the 4–2 loss against Peterborough United at London Road Stadium. Carey while playing as a left back, provided an assist to Jordan Rhodes from a well worked corner and scored a 25-yard free kick to make the score 2–0 to the Terriers.
On 28 August 2010, he started for Huddersfield against Charlton Athletic, on the left side of midfield and was awarded Man of the Match for his efforts, including setting up two goals during the match.
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark wanted to keep Carey after his loan deal expired in January 2011, but despite talks of extending the deal to the end of the season, terms were not agreed, and he returned to Celtic. He made 23 starts and three substitute appearances for the Yorkshire club, scoring two goals.
On 8 July 2011, Carey re-signed for St. Mirren, having had a successful loan spell in the 2009–10 season. St Mirren Manager Danny Lennon said: "It's great to get Graham in. I believe in wider areas we let ourselves down last season and he has a left foot to die for. That type of quality is very scarce. He's an intelligent footballer and will be a major addition to the squad. He is very good in dead-ball situations."
On 11 December 2011, Carey scored what was described as a "blistering free kick" to earn St Mirren a point against Aberdeen. Carey scored again for St Mirren to earn another draw against Dundee United on 28 December 2011 and also provided the assist to Thompson for the first goal. Following the match, the club's supporter named Carey as the Paisley ‘Ronaldo’. A few week later, on 17 January 2012, Carey scored in the fourth round replay of the Scottish Cup, in a 1–0 win over Hamilton Academical, to send the club through to the next round. In the quarter final of the Scottish Cup, Carey scored against Hearts, in a 2–2 draw to earn a replay match, but loss in the replay match, thus eliminating St. Mirren in the Scottish Cup.
In the 2012–13 season, Carey missed one match on the opening game of the season, due to hamstring problem. In the Scottish League Cup Final, Carey come on a substitute in the 81st minutes for John McGinn, as St. Mirren win 3–2 against Hearts, winning their first cup for the first time. Carey says winning the Scottish League Cup as "great experience".
On 13 May 2013, Carey's goal against Hearts was voted the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League goal of the Season for 2012/13. The goal has been described as an astonishing wonder goal, which was a 35 yard strike after he collected the ball from his own half, played a one two then hits the top right hand corner. His shooting skill was praised by Lennon. After the match, Carey says his strikes is described as "wonderful strike".
On 15 May 2013, it was confirmed that Carey would be released at the end of the season by St Mirren along with Sam Parkin. Following his release, sources revealed that Carey wanted to leave the club in January by request transfer, but this was rejected. Carey was also linked a move to England to kickstart his career.
After leaving St. Mirren, Carey went on trial to Dundee United While on trial, Carey hopes he earned a new contract at the club. After three weeks at the club, Carey's trial at Dundee United came to an end after the club were undecisive with their interests signing him.
On 30 July 2013, Carey, alongside Brian McLean joined Ross County. Carey made his debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 2–1 loss against Celtic and in the next game, Carey scored his first goal, scoring with a deflected shot from outside the area, in a 3–1 loss against Partick Thistle.
He has six Republic of Ireland Under 21 caps. His debut for the Irish Under 21s under Don Givens came in February 2009 at Turners Cross against Germany. He scored his first goal at Under 21 level away to Georgia with an impressive 18-yard left footed strike after a clever one two with Cillian Sheridan.
Style of play
Carey can play on the left or right side of midfield or as a striker. He is very direct at the full backs, a free kick and long throw specialist and his crossing has been described as "unbelievable". While at St Mirren, Carey was used as a left back and as a wing back on the left side.
- St. Mirren
- "Carey eyes up a move south of the border". Paisley Daily Express. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Bohemians' hopes suffer big setback as Carey loan deal ruled out Irish Independent, 14 July 2009
- "Buddies capture Carey". Sky Sports. 1 February 2010. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
- Ireland beat Andorra 3–0 to restore their UEFA qualifying ambitions FAI, 3 November 2007
- Gus Pre Match Talk St Mirren FC, 30 April 2010
- "Carey SPL Goal of the Season Report".
- Craig Brown gives his verdict on which of the relegation candidates can steady the ship Herald Scotland, 14 April 2010
- St Mirren 1 Hearts 1 Sunday Mail, 4 April 2010
- Rapid Vienna v Celtic ITV Sport, 17 December 2009
- Lennon's Bhoys run riot against Chelsea[dead link] Celtic FC, 21 December 2009
- "Carey: I was disappointed I didn't break into Celtic's first team, but it's behind me now". Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
- Carey goes on loan to Bohemians Herald.ie, 24 February 2009
- New Bhoy Carey an Instant hit at Bohs Irish Independent, 15 April 2009
- Heary Hails Carey contribution League of Ireland, May 2009
- Euro Blow for Bohs as Heary and Carey miss Salzburg tie Irish Independent, 21 July 2009
- Bhoys' deal is Carey reward Evening Herald, 5 June 2009
- St Mirren star Graham Carey taking inspiration from ex-Celt Jim O'Brien's success at Motherwell Daily Record, 9 March 2010
- St Mirren 1 St Johnstone 1 St Mirren FC, 10 February 2010
- Post Match Interviews v St Johnstone St Mirren FC, 10 February 2010
- Rangers 3 St Mirren 1 Daily Record, 7 March 2010
- "I copied Cristiano Ronaldo technique to bag opener at Ibrox, says St Mirren loan star Graham Carey". Daily Record. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Campbell, Andy (21 March 2010). "St Mirren 0 – 1 Rangers". BBC Sport. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- St Mirrens MacPherson hails Graham Carey BBC Sport, 3 April 2010
- St Mirren 1 Kilmarnock 0 Daily Record, 25 April 2010
- Graham Carey: I'd rather become first-team star at Celtic than make move to English Premier League Daily Record, 30 May 2010
- "Terriers land Bhoys youngster". Sky Sports. 14 July 2010.
- Huddersfield Examiner Celtic starlet helps Huddersfield Town draw with Bury Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 19 July 2010
- Posh peg back Town in thriller Sky Sports, 21 August 2010
- "Huddersfield 3 – 1 Charlton". BBC Sport. 28 August 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Clark seeks Carey extension Sky Sports, 10 January 2011
- "Carey returns to Hoops". Sky Sports. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- Graham Carey returns to Celtic Huddersfield Town, 13 January 2011
- "St Mirren secure wing-back Graham Carey from Celtic". BBC Sport. 8 July 2011.
- "St Mirren Boss Danny Lennon Hails capture of Celtic kid Graham Carey Capture".
- "Aberdeen St Mirren Match Report". BBC News.
- "St Mirren v Dundee Match Report". BBC News.
- "Carey's the Paisley ‘Ronaldo’". Paisley Daily Express. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Scottish Cup: Hamilton Accies 0 St Mirren 1". Daily Record. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Hearts 2–2 St Mirren". BBC Sport. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "McLean winning fitness battle for Caley Jags clash". Paisley Daily Express. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "St Mirren 3 Hearts 2: Buddies bounce back from a goal behind to win the League Cup Final". Daily Record. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "So glad I stayed to win cup". The Scottish Sun. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- "Carey SPL Goal of the Season".
- "St Mirren: Danny Lennon hails shooting skill of Graham Carey". BBC Sport. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Danny Lennon says Graham Carey super strike was worthy of Gareth Bale". Daily Record. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- BBC Sport – Graham Carey and Sam Parkin to leave St Mirren
- "McNamara closes in on young English duo". Herald Scotland. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Transfer news: Graham Carey hoping to land Dundee United contract". Sky Sports. 18 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Dundee Utd: Nadir Ciftci closer to deal but Graham Carey misses out". BBC Sport. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Ross County sign up Brian McLean and Graham Carey". BBC Sport. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
- "Celtic 2 – 1 Ross County". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- "Steven Lawless double helps Partick secure 3–1 win at Ross County". The Guardian. 10 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
- Four changes to U21 squad FAI, 7 September 2010
- Rep. of Ireland 1 – 1 Germany ExtraTime.ie, 10 February 2009
- Under 21s Held by Georgia FAI, 14 November 2009
- Rangers 3 St Mirren 1 Herald Scotland, 6 March 2010