James Wesolowski

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James Wesolowski
James Wesolowski 21-07-2012 1.jpg
Wesolowski playing for Oldham Athletic in 2012
Personal information
Full name James Peter Wesolowski
Date of birth (1987-08-25) 25 August 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Shrewsbury Town
Number 14
Youth career
2002 Northern Spirit
2002–2006 Leicester City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2010 Leicester City 46 (0)
2008 Cheltenham Town (loan) 4 (0)
2009 Dundee United (loan) 8 (0)
2009–2010 Hamilton Academical (loan) 29 (4)
2010–2011 Peterborough United 32 (2)
2011–2014 Oldham Athletic 93 (7)
2014 - Shrewsbury Town 3 (0)
National team
2005 Australia U20 1 (0[1])
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:08, 19 August 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 August 2009

James Peter Wesolowski (born 25 August 1987) is an Australian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Shrewsbury Town. He plays in Europe with a Polish passport, having dual nationality.

Club career[edit]

Leicester City[edit]

Wesolowski played for Australian side Northern Spirit before signing for Leicester City in 2002. After showing a lot of potential in the reserves, Wesolowski played for Leicester in a pre-season friendly against Celtic in 2005, but suffered a broken leg due to a challenge from Bobo Baldé.[2] He underwent surgery on the leg but the injury sidelined him until the start of 2006. Wesolowski returned and impressed for the Leicester first team, making his debut at home to Cardiff City in January 2006. However, after only five appearances, he broke his same leg against Brighton in February.[3] He recovered in time for the start of the 2006–07 season, although a thigh injury kept him out of the side for the first month.

The departure of Joey Guðjónsson gave Wesolowski the opportunity to become a first team regular, although he still faced stiff competition from then-teammates Stephen Hughes and Andy Johnson for the central midfield spot. He scored his first senior goal in a 4–3 FA Cup defeat to Fulham on 17 January 2007.[4] Wesolowski played a total of 19 league games, helping Leicester survive relegation.

In July 2007, Wesolowski agreed to a contract extension with Leicester that would see him remain at the club until 2011.[5] He scored his second goal of his career in a 1–0 League Cup win over Accrington Stanley on 14 August 2007,[6] before being sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury on 18 September in a 3–2 League Cup win over Nottingham Forest.[7] Wesolowski had more hamstring problems following recovery, and he was injured again on 8 December in a 2–1 defeat to West Brom, sidelining him until Christmas.[8] Despite playing a total of 22 league games, Wesolowski could not prevent Leicester from being relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season.

Wesolowski lost his place in the first team the following season, playing just four cup matches. On 2 October 2008, he joined Cheltenham Town on a three-month loan deal, linking up with former Leicester manager Martin Allen and fellow loanee Barry Hayles, with the option of being recalled after the first month.[9] His loan ended early after suffering a fractured ankle in a 2–0 away defeat to Tranmere Rovers in October.[10] On 2 February 2009, Wesolowski joined Dundee United on loan for the remainder of the 2008–09 season,[11] with the option of making the deal permanent.[12] He made his debut in a 1–0 home defeat to Hearts, playing for 65 minutes before being substituted.[13] After featuring in every match since arriving, Wesolowski suffered a hamstring injury in early May in a match against Hibernian, ending his season.

On 4 August 2009, Wesolowski joined SPL side Hamilton Academical on loan for an initial six-month period,[14] which was extended till the end of the season after some impressive run of form.[15]

Peterborough United[edit]

On 1 June 2010, Wesolowski signed a two-year deal at Peterborough United for an undisclosed sum.[16]

Oldham Athletic[edit]

On 8 August 2011, Wesolowski signed a one-year deal with league one club Oldham Athletic.[17] On 22 October 2011, Wesolowski scored his first goal for the Latics. He scored the opener in a 2–0 win against Wycombe Wanderers.

Wesolowski had his best season for the club yet in the 2013-14 season, he played nearly every game for the club & scored 5 goals, his best ever goal - scoring season. The vast improvement he had shown resulted in him scooping up 5 awards at the end of season awards, including Player of the Year.[18]

On Wednesday 7 May, when the clubs retained list was announced, it was confirmed that a formal contract offer had been made to Wesolowski.[19] With Wesolowski stating that he "would love to stay here" and that he would like to come to an arrangement with the club over a new contract.[20]

Shrewsbury Town[edit]

On June 6th 2014, despite a contract offer from the Oldham, Wesolowski made the move to Shrewsbury Town, becoming the 7th summer signing to join the League Two side.[21]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Peterborough United

Individual[edit]

International career[edit]

Wesolowski received international acclaim at the end of the 2004–05 season after competing for Australia in the FIFA World Youth Championship and was labelled "a star in the making" by the Australian Football Federation.[22] Wesolowski was called up to the Australian national team on his 19th birthday for the 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Kuwait, but was withdrawn from the squad days later after consultation with medical staff from both parties 'on precautionary grounds'. On 6 November 2007, he was called up to the national team for a friendly match against Nigeria on 17 November,[23] but was an unused substitute as Australia won 1–0.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 19 August 2014.
Season Club Division League Cup[24] League Cup[25] Europe Other[26] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005–06 Leicester City Championship 5 0 Did not play in these competitions 5 0
2006–07 19 0 2 1 3 0 - - 24 1
2007–08 22 0 1 0 2 1 - - 25 1
2008–09 League One 0 0 - 2 0 - 2 0 4 0
2009–10 Championship 0 0 0 0 - - - 0 0
2005– Total 46 0 3 1 7 1 - 2 0 58 2
2008–09 Cheltenham Town (loan) League One 4 0 Did not play in these competitions 4 0
2008–09 Dundee United (loan) SPL 8 0 0 0 0 0 - - 8 0
2009–10 Hamilton Academical (loan) 29 4 0 0 1 0 - - 30 4
2010–11 Peterborough League One 32 2 3 0 2 0 - 2 0 39 2
2011–12 Oldham Athletic 21 3 4 1 1 0 - 5 0 31 4
2012–13 33 0 5 0 1 0 - - 39 0
2013–14 46 5 0 0 1 0 - - 2 0
2014–15 Shrewsbury Town League Two 3 0 0 0 1 0 - 0 0 4 0
2005– Career Total 177 9 15 2 14 1 - 9 0 215 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Player Statistics: James Wesolowski". fifa.com. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Wesolowski receives Balde apology". BBC Sport. 24 July 2005. 
  3. ^ "Dundee United net Caddis on loan". Sky Sports. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 10 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fulham 4–3 Leicester". BBC Sport. 17 January 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  5. ^ Wesolowski signs Leicester deal BBC Sport 3 July 2007
  6. ^ "Accrington 0–1 Leicester". BBC Sport. 14 August 2007. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  7. ^ "Wesolowski injury rocks Leicester". BBC Sport. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Wesolowski out until Christmas". BBC Sport. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2007. 
  9. ^ "Allen adds pair to Robins squad". BBC Sport. 2 October 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008. 
  10. ^ "Gilbert Out". LCFC.co.uk. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  11. ^ "Wesolowski Joins Arabs". LCFC.co.uk. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "A young man's pain". The Sunday Herald. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  13. ^ "Dundee United 0–1 Hearts". BBC Sport. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 1 March 2009. 
  14. ^ Wright, Angus (4 August 2009). "Accies recruit Wesolowski and Rubiales". www.Scotsman.com. The Scotsman. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  15. ^ "Wesolowski extends Hamilton stay". BBC Sport. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.theposh.com/page/NewsDetail/0,,10427~2062787,00.html
  17. ^ "Latics land Wesolowski". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "End of Season Awards Night". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 6 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Oldham Athletic retained list". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Wesolowski: "I'd Love to Stay Here"". Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  21. ^ ""James Wesolowski Joins Town"". "Shrewsweb". Retrieved 6 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "James Wesolowski profile". LCFC.com. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  23. ^ Qantas Socceroos Squad to Play Nigeria Named, Football Australia 6 November 2007.
  24. ^ Includes FA Cup and Scottish Cup
  25. ^ Includes League Cup and Scottish League Cup
  26. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Johnstone's Paint Trophy

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