Greg Draper

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Greg Draper
Personal information
Full name Gregory Alexander Draper[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth Somerset, England
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
The New Saints
Number 9
Youth career
Ferrymead Bays
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Canterbury United 14 (4)
2007–2009 Wellington Phoenix 2 (0)
2009 Melbourne Knights 20 (8)
2009–2010 Team Wellington 16 (10)
2010–2011 Basingstoke Town 28 (15)
2011– The New Saints 75 (43)
National team
New Zealand U-17
2007 New Zealand U-20 5 (0)
2008– New Zealand U-23 6 (3)
2008– New Zealand 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:41, 20 July 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:52, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

Gregory Alexander "Greg" Draper (born 13 August 1989) is an English-born New Zealand football player who is currently under contract with The New Saints.

Club career[edit]

Having played for a number of clubs in Australia and New Zealand, Draper joined English non-league club Basingstoke Town in August 2010[2] and made his competitive debut for the club on 17 August against St. Albans.[3]

In June 2011 he joined The New Saints[4] making his debut for the club on 18 June in a pre-season friendly against Cliftonville.[5] His competitive debut came on 30 June against the same team in a Europa League first qualifying round match, where he was a 74th minute substitute.[6] He scored his first competitive goal for his new club on 3 September in a Welsh Premier League game against Llanelli where he scored the only goal of the game.[7]

His rich vein of form led to him being awarded the Welsh Premier League player of the month for February 2012.[8] He finished the season as the club's top scorer and was awarded the club's player of the season award.[9]

International career[edit]

He also represented New Zealand national football team in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada.[10]

Draper was included in the New Zealand squad for the football tournament at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.[11] He played in New Zealand's group matches against Brazil (0–5) and Belgium (0–1).[12]

His senior international debut for the All Whites came in 2008 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Fiji.[13]

He was called up March 2012 for the 2012 Olympic qualifiers[14] and scored his first international goal in New Zealand's second group match against Tonga. Draper scored the only goal in the final[15] to qualify New Zealand for the 2012 Olympic Games in Great Britain. He finished the qualifying tournament with three goals in four games. He was shortlisted for the final squad for the tournament.

Honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 15. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Town close in on signing of an international striker". Basingstoke Gazette. 8 August 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Striker is a big hit with boss". Basingstoke Gazette. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kiwi international striker Greg signs for the Saints". The New Saints FC. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Saints fall to stoppage time winner". The New Saints FC. 18 June 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "New Saints 1–1 Cliftonville". The New Saints FC. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Draper fires Saints to important win". www.welsh-premier.com. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "O'Leary and Draper win latest awards". www.welsh-premier.com. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Greg and Tom scoop player awards". The New Saints. 1 May 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Australian Players Database
  11. ^ "Olympic Football Squads Named". New Zealand Olympic Committee. 4 July 2008. Retrieved 4 July 2008. [dead link]
  12. ^ Mens Olympic Football Tournament – Beijing 2008 – New Zealand squad
  13. ^ "Greg Draper FIFA Player Statistics". FIFA. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Draper jets off for Kiwi's Olympic bid". www.welsh-premier.com. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Match report: Fiji 0 – 1 New Zealand". OFC (PDF). 25 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Welsh Cup final: Cefn Druids 0–2 The New Saints". BBC. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Greg Draper sparks comeback as TNS net trophy double". Shropshire Star. 14 May 2014. 

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