Bailey Wright

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Bailey Wright
Personal information
Full name Bailey Colin Wright[1]
Date of birth (1992-07-28) 28 July 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Preston North End
Number 6
Youth career
1998–2004 Langwarrin
2005 Mornington
2006 Dandenong Thunder
2007–2008 VIS
2009 Preston North End
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Preston North End 115 (8)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U-17 3 (0)
2014– Australia 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:07, 22 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 April 2015

Bailey Colin Wright (born 28 July 1992) is an Australian professional footballer currently playing for English 3rd Tier side Preston North End.

He was selected for Australia's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Club career[edit]

Wright spent his formative years at Langwarrin, before playing a season each with Mornington and Dandenong Thunder. He was identified as a promising talent, eventually earning selection for the Victorian state team in 2007.[2] He honed his skills further with the Victorian Institute of Sport, before moving overseas in July 2009, signing a two-year scholarship with Preston North End after a protracted clearance saga.[3]

Preston North End[edit]

In his first season with Preston North End, Wright played predominantly as a centre-half for the Reserves and Under 18s teams, but was eventually called up to the senior squad in April, sitting on the bench for the club’s fixture away to Coventry City.[4] He commenced the 2010–11 season with his debut senior appearance in the first round of the League Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in the Lilywhites' 5–0 win against Stockport County. On 13 December 2010, Wright was handed a two and a half year professional contract.

Wright made his league debut for Preston on 5 March 2011 against Norwich City.[5] He scored his first professional goal for Preston on 7 April 2012 against MK Dons.

Wright was voted Young player of the year of Preston North End for the season 2012/13.[6] On 1 May 2013 he was handed a new two year contract, with the option of staying at Preston North End for another year.[7]

International career[edit]

Wright was a member of the Australia under-17 squad that reached the quarter-finals of the AFC U-16 Championship, narrowly missing a place at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup when they lost 2–3 against United Arab Emirates.

He was also selected as part of Ange Postecoglou's 23 man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, one of two new inclusions.

Wright made his national debut starting in a friendly match against Saudi Arabia at Craven Cottage in London. He scored in this debut giving Australia a two-goal lead.[8]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2014 Craven Cottage, London, England  Saudi Arabia 1–3 2–3 Friendly

Club statistics[edit]

As of 22 September 2014
Club Season Domestic League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App  Goals App Goals
Preston North End 2010–11 Championship 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12 League One 13 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 14 1
2012–13 38 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 41 2
2013–14 45 4 4 0 2 0 0 0 51 4
2014–15 16 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 19 1
Career Total 105 8 4 0 9 0 0 0 129 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain list & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 18 May 2013. p. 42. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Wright Stuff". PNEFC. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "FFA ends Wright, Parish standoff". Goal!Weekly. 10 November 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wright: An Amazing First Year". PNEFC. 21 April 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  5. ^ http://au.fourfourtwo.com/news/198177,aussies-abroad-weekend-wrap.aspx
  6. ^ "John Welsh Is 2013 Player Of The Year". Preston North End FC. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Preston North End: Bailey Wright signs new contract". Preston North End FC. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Davidson, John (9 September 2014). "Wright on target in dream debut for Socceroos". FourFourTwo.