Rhoys Wiggins

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Rhoys Wiggins
Personal information
Full name Rhoys Barrie Wiggins
Date of birth (1987-11-04) 4 November 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Uxbridge, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Charlton Athletic
Number 16
Youth career
Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Crystal Palace 1 (0)
2008–2009 Bournemouth (loan) 13 (0)
2009–2010 Norwich City 0 (0)
2010 Bournemouth (loan) 19 (0)
2010–2011 Bournemouth 35 (2)
2011– Charlton Athletic 107 (1)
National team
2004 Wales U17 1 (0)
2005–2006 Wales U19 6 (0)
2006–2008 Wales U21 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:59 22 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 July 2009

Rhoys Barrie Wiggins (born 4 November 1987, London) is a Welsh footballer who plays for Charlton Athletic as a left-back.

Career[edit]

Rhoys came through the academy at Crystal Palace, playing regularly for their reserve side, whilst also turning out for the Wales U-21 team. His appearances for the Welsh U-21s also led to a call-up to the Welsh national squad.

However, tragedy struck in the pre-season of 2006, when he ruptured knee ligaments during a friendly against feeder academy Crystal Palace Baltimore, part of the Eagles' tour of the USA. He was sidelined for the rest of that season, and several recurrences of that injury kept him out of the following season as well. However Neil Warnock decided to offer him a new contract, seen by many as his final chance at Palace.

Impressive performances in Wales U21's 2009 European Under-21 Championship qualification play-off defeat to England led to Wiggins being given his first start for the Eagles' first team shortly afterwards.

However, this one appearance for Palace was not added to, and he ended the season on loan at Bournemouth. With his contract at Palace expired, Wiggins was offered to choice between staying at Palace or moving on, and he opted to sign for Norwich City. After failing to make an appearance for Norwich, on the 22nd Jan 2010 he resigned for Bournemouth on a months loan and on the 24 Feb 2010 it was extended for a second month.[2]

Wiggins signed a permanent contract with Bournemouth at the start of the 2010/11 season. He then registered the first goal of his career in a 3-0 home win against Dagenham and Redbridge. He quickly followed up this goal with a long range free kick in a 2-1 defeat away to Oldham a week later. This impressive form saw him receive a first Wales national team call-up from manager Brian Flynn. Wiggins wasn't included in the matchday squad.

On 30 June 2011 Wiggins signed a three year contract at Charlton Athletic.[3] On 17 September 2011, he scored his first goal for the club in the away win against Rochdale. He cemented the left-back berth ahead of Cedric Evina. In April 2012, Wiggins was selected in the League One PFA Team of the Year.

On 30 January 2014, Wiggins signed a new four and a half year deal, securing his future to Charlton until 2018.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 451. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ "Double Swoop for City". Norwich City F.C. 24 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Double deal sealed". Charlton Athletic. 30 June 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rhoys Wiggins signs new contract". Charlton Athletic. 2014-01-30. 

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