Aiden O'Neill

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Aiden O'Neill
Personal information
Full name Aiden Connor O'Neill[1]
Date of birth (1998-07-04) 4 July 1998 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Brisbane, Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[3]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brisbane Roar
(on loan from Burnley)
Number 12
Youth career
2004–2006 Kenmore
2007–2011 Brisbane Athletic
2014–2016 Burnley
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Burnley 3 (0)
2017Oldham Athletic (loan) 15 (0)
2017–2018Fleetwood Town (loan) 21 (1)
2018–2019Central Coast Mariners (loan) 23 (4)
2019–Brisbane Roar (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2017– Australia U23 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:48, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2019

Aiden Connor O'Neill (born 4 July 1998) is an Australian professional football player who plays as a midfielder for Brisbane Roar on loan from Premier League club Burnley.

Born in Brisbane, O'Neill played youth football for Kenmore F.C. (now called UQFC), then Brisbane Athletic and Burnley before making his professional debut for the latter in 2016. He spent some time on loan to Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town, scoring his first ever professional goal for the latter club. He returned to Australia, on loan, to play for Central Coast Mariners in 2018.

He has represented the Australian under-23 national team.

Early life[edit]

O'Neill is of Irish ancestry. He was born and raised in Brisbane, attending Nudgee Junior College before moving to Brisbane Boys' College before moving to England aged fourteen when his parents moved there for work.[4]

Career[edit]

O'Neill played youth football for Brisbane Athletic between 2008 and 2012.[5] He moved to England as a teenager, where he sought to pursue a career in football.[6]

On 12 January 2016, O'Neill signed his first professional contract with then-Championship side Burnley.[7] He made his professional debut for the club on 20 August 2016, coming on as a late substitute against Liverpool in the Premier League as Burnley won 2–0.[8] He made his full debut days later, starting in an extra time loss to Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.[9]

In January 2017, he joined EFL League One strugglers Oldham Athletic on loan until the end of the season.[10] He made a total of fifteen appearances for the Latics.[11]

In August 2017, he joined League One side Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan deal.[12] In January 2018, he returned to Burnley early having made twenty-seven appearances and scoring once against Blackburn Rovers.[13]

In August 2018, O'Neill returned to Australia to play for Central Coast Mariners in the A-League on a season-long loan.[14]

International career[edit]

O'Neill has stated that his preference is to play for Australia, but had not been in any contact with Football Federation Australia when he made his Premier League debut in August 2016.[15] He was later called up for an Australia under-23 camp in March 2017.[16] He had previously been contacted by the Football Association of Ireland and the Irish Football Association but reiterated that his preference was to play for Australia.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 April 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burnley 2016–17[11] Premier League 3 0 1 0 1 0 5 0
2017–18[11] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2018–19[11] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Oldham Athletic (loan) 2016–17[11] League One 15 0 15 0
Fleetwood Town (loan) 2017–18[11] League One 21 1 3 0 1 0 2[a] 0 27 1
Central Coast Mariners (loan) 2018–19[11] A-League 23 4 0 0 23 4
Career total 62 5 4 0 2 0 2 0 70 5
  1. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL: Club retained and released lists published". English Football League. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Burnley Football Club – First Team". www.burnleyfootballclub.com.
  3. ^ "Aiden O'Neill". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b Gatt, Ray (17 June 2017). "Aiden O'Neill credits a dog with honing his attacking skills". The Australian. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Brisbane Athletic Football Club". Facebook. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  6. ^ "The story behind Burnley's EPL debutant from Australia". Football Federation Australia. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  7. ^ "O'Neill Signs Professional Deal". Burnley Football Club. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Burnley 2–0 Liverpool". Soccerway.
  9. ^ "Accrington Stanley 1–0 Burnley (AET)". BBC Sports. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ "O'Neill Makes Loan Move To Oldham". Burnley Official Site. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Aiden O'Neill at Soccerway
  12. ^ "Aiden O'Neill: Fleetwood Town sign Burnley midfielder on season-long loan". BBC Sport. 1 August 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Aiden O'Neill returns to Burnley". Fleetwood Town F.C. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  14. ^ Boden, Chris (15 August 2018). "Burnley midfielder O'Neill returns home to Central Coast Mariners". Burnley Express. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  15. ^ Lewis, Dave (2 September 2016). "Premier League whizkid O'Neill dreaming of Socceroos call". The World Game. Retrieved 3 September 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ Davutovic, David (15 March 2017). "Deni Juric, the younger brother of Socceroos striker Tomi, selected for Olyroos camp in Spain". Herald Sun. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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