Ryan Edwards (English footballer)

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Not to be confused with Ryan Edwards (Australian footballer).
Ryan Edwards
Personal information
Full name Ryan Christopher Edwards[1]
Date of birth (1993-10-07) 7 October 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Morecambe
Number 6
Youth career
2010–2012 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2012–2013 Rochdale (loan) 26 (0)
2013 Fleetwood Town (loan) 9 (0)
2013 Chesterfield (loan) 5 (0)
2013 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 0 (0)
2014 Morecambe (loan) 9 (0)
2014- Morecambe 26 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:24, 27 March 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ryan Christopher Edwards (born 7 October 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Morecambe.

Career[edit]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside, Edwards started a two-year scholarship with Blackburn Rovers in 2010. He was captain of the Blackburn squad that reached the final of the 2011–12 FA Youth Cup.[2] Following this in May 2012, Edwards signed his first professional contract on a two-year deal.[3]

Despite being determined to make a breakthrough under the management of Gary Bowyer,[4] Edwards was among sixteen players to be released by the club at the end of the 2013-14 season.[5]

Loan moves[edit]

On 2 July 2012, Edwards joined League Two side Rochdale on a six-month loan.[6] Edwards made his Rochdale debut in the first round of the League Cup, in a 4–3 loss against Barnsley.[7] and then also made his league debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 0-0 draw against Northampton Town.[8] Having made twenty-six league appearances for Rochdale, Edwards returned to Blackburn Rovers after the club's management were too slow to whether or not extend his loan spell with Rochdale further.[9]

For his impressive performance at Rochdale, Edwards had been linked to sign on loan for the second half of the season.[10] On 21 February 2013, Edwards joined Fleetwood Town on a one-month loan.[11] Edwards made his debut for the club two days later, in a 2-0 loss against Aldershot Town.[12] After making four appearance for the club so far, Edwards loan spell with Fleetwood Town was extended until the end of the season.[13] Edward went on to make nine appearance for the club before returning to Blackburn Rovers.

On 24 July 2013, Edwards joined Chesterfield on a one-month loan deal.[14] Upon the move, the club's first-team coach Keith Lynch believed Edwards could be a "good asset".[15] Edwards made his debut for the club, in the opening game of the season, making his first start, in a 2-0 win over Bury.[16] His impressive display throughout the pre-season and at the start of the season led Chesterfield extending Edwards' loan spell for two months.[17] Edwards featured less in the first team and then on 24 October 2013, Edwards returned to Blackburn Rovers.[18]

On 28 November 2013, Edwards joined Tranmere Rovers on loan until 29 December 2013.[19] However, Edwards made his only appearance for the club. coming from the second round of the FA Cup, in a 5-0 heavy defeat to Peterborough United.[20] After his loan spell at Tranmere Rovers came to an end,[21] Manager Ronnie Moore explained his decision not including Edwards, stating: "It is not ideal for a young kid to be coming into the side with the way we are playing at the moment."[22]

Morecambe[edit]

On 21 March 2014, Edwards joined League Two side Morecambe on a one-month youth loan.[23] The next day, Edwards made his Morecambe debut for the club as a center-back, in a 1-1 draw against Northampton Town.[24] His seven appearance for the club led on 24 April 2014, Edwards extended his loan stay with the "Shrimps" until the end of the 2013–14 season.[25] Edwards went on to make nine appearance for the club.

After a successful loan spell at the Globe Arena towards the end of the 2013-14 season, Edwards signed on a two-year deal after being released by Blackburn Rovers on 19 May 2014.[26] However at the start of the season, Edwards fractured his fingers in a friendly match that kept him out for two months.[27] Throughout August, Edwards started to maintain his fitness after surgery.[28] Edwards' first game after signing for the club on a permanent basis, as well as coming from injury, came in a 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town on 6 September 2014.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 5. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "McPhillips hails Rovers starlets as they reach FA Youth Cup final". Lancashire Telegraph. 28 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rovers gem agrees deal". Sky Sports. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rovers youngster eyes first team spot". Lancashire Telegraph. 7 November 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Retained list". Blackburn Rovers F.C. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "McIntyre, Rafferty and Edwards join Rochdale". BBC Sport. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Rochdale 3–4 (aet) Barnsley". BBC Sport. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rochdale 0–0 Northampton Town". BBC Sport. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Edwards Decision Yet To Be Made". Rochdale A.F.C. 31 December 2012. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "A host of clubs are weighing up moves for Blackburn defender Ryan Edwards". Sky Sports. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ryan Edwards: Blackburn defender joins Fleetwood on loan". BBC Sport. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Aldershot Town 2-0 Fleetwood Town". BBC Sport. 21 February 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Fleetwood extend Edwards stay". Sky Sports. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Chesterfield sign Blackburn Rovers' Ryan Edwards on loan". BBC Sport. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Edwards gets Lynch backing". Sky Sports. 27 July 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Bury 0-2 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. 3 August 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Edwards sticks with Spireites". Sky Sports. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "Ewood offer to attract youngsters". Lancashire Telegraph. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Tranmere Rovers: Edwards, Otsemobor & Peterson join on loan". BBC Sport. 28 November 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Peterborough United 5–0 Tranmere Rovers". BBC Sport. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Loan Latest". Tranmere Rovers F.C. 31 December 2013. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  22. ^ "Liam Ridehalgh must plug soft centre for Tranmere Rovers". Liverpool Echo. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  23. ^ "Shrimps bring in defender". Morecambe FC. 21 March 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Morecambe 1-1 Northampton Town". BBC Sport. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Edwards extends stay". Morecambe FC. 24 April 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "Shrimps sign four". Morecambe F.C. 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  27. ^ "Edwards Sidelined". Morecambe F.C. 1 August 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  28. ^ "Ryan Edwards Injury Update". Morecambe F.C. 22 August 2014. Archived from the original on 30 March 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  29. ^ "Morecambe 0-0 Cheltenham Town". BBC Sport. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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