Jake Cassidy

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Jake Cassidy
Personal information
Full name Jake Ashley Cassidy[1]
Date of birth (1993-02-09) 9 February 1993 (age 22)
Place of birth Glan Conwy, Wales[2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Southend United
(on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Number 24
Youth career
Conwy Rovers
Llandudno Junction
2010 Airbus UK Broughton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2015 Wolverhampton Wanderers 20 (0)
2012 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 9 (5)
2012–2013 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 26 (11)
2014 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 19 (1)
2014–2015 Notts County (loan) 16 (3)
2015– Southend United (loan) 17 (0)
National team
2011–2014 Wales U21 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 01:00, 14 December 2013 (UTC)[3]

Jake Ashley Cassidy (born 9 February 1993) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a striker. He is currently on loan at Southend United from Wolverhampton Wanderers. His contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers expires on 30 June 2015.[4]

Cassidy has represented Wales at both under 19 and under 21 levels.

Career[edit]

Cassidy joined Welsh Alliance club Llandudno Junction aged 16, where he made an immediate impact in his first season, scoring 28 times in 32 appearances in the 2009–10 season.

His debut season earned him a move to Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton in Summer 2010, and his impressive appearances for the club in a series of pre-season games saw him immediately depart for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He signed a two-year deal (with an option for a third) with the English Premier League side for an undisclosed fee following a short trial.[5]

In March 2012, he moved on loan to League One side Tranmere Rovers, in a move later extended to run until the end of the season.[6] He made his professional debut on 17 March 2012 in a 1–1 draw at Sheffield United,[7] and scored in his second appearance, a 2–0 win at Rochdale.[8] In total, he scored five times in ten appearances.

Ahead of the 2012–13 season the striker renewed returned for a second loan period with Tranmere Rovers; a move which lasted until January 2013.[9] He scored his first goals of his return with a hat-trick against Colchester United in a 4–0 win on 1 September 2012 that put Tranmere top of the league. Cassidy was then named the League One Player of the Month for September 2012, after scoring seven league goals during the month.[10] He returned to Wolves after his loan spell ended in January 2013 having scored 11 goals in 26 appearances.

Cassidy made his Wolves debut as a substitute in the club's FA Cup elimination at Luton Town on 5 January 2013,[11] the final game of Ståle Solbakken's reign, before being selected to start Wolves' next league game by their new manager Dean Saunders.[12] He made six league appearances, without scoring, as the club unsuccessfully fought to avoid relegation to League One.

At the start of the 2013–14 season, under new manager Kenny Jackett, Cassidy became a regular member of Wolves' matchday squads, starting several matches and appearing often as a substitute. However, he has failed to score a goal for the club to date.

In January 2014 joined Tranmere Rovers for a third loan spell, after a three-month deal was agreed.[13] This loan spell, however, was less successful than his previous two as he scored just once in 19 appearances as the club struggled to avoid relegation.

After having signed a new one-year contract at Wolves (with an option for a further year),[14] he was loaned to League One team Notts County in July 2014 until January 2015,[15] during which time he scored four times during 20 appearances.

On 15 January 2015, he was loaned out for the rest of the season to League Two side Southend United.[16] He has yet to score a goal for the club, but is part of the team that has reached the play-offs.

At the conclusion of the season, Wolves announced that they would not be taking up the option of an additional year's contract,[4] meaning Cassidy never scored a goal for Wolves at first team level.

International[edit]

In January 2013 he was selected in the Wales under 21 squad for the friendly match against Iceland on 6 February 2013.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of end of 2013–14 season
Club Season Division League Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0
2012–13 Championship 6 0 1 0 0 0 - - 7 0
2013–14 League One 14 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 18 0
Tranmere Rovers (loan) 2011–12 League One 10 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 5
2012–13 26 11 0 0 1 0 1 0 28 11
2013–14 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 1
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 26. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 554. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "UEFA Under 21 Matches / Gemau Ryngwladol UEFA Dan 21 v. Lithuania & San Marino" (PDF). FAW. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "McAlinden option taken up". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 7 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers sign young forward Jake Cassidy". BBC Sport. 17 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Tranmere Rovers sign Wolves striker Jake Cassidy on loan". BBC Sport. 16 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sheffield United 1–1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 17 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Rochdale 0–2 Tranmere". BBC Sport. 20 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Tranmere Rovers sign Jake Cassidy and Joe Thompson". BBC Sport. 3 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Cassidy named Player of the Month". The Football League. 12 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Luton 1–0 Wolves". BBC Sport. 5 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Wolves 1–1 Blackburn". BBC Sport. 11 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Cassidy completes Rovers move". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 24 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Jake Cassidy signs new Wolves deal". Express & Star. 4 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Notts County sign Wolves striker on loan". BBC Sport. 25 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Jake Cassidy: Wolves striker joins Southend United on loan". BBC Sport. 15 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Wales under-21 squad

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