Caolan Lavery

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Caolan Lavery
Personal information
Full name Caolan Owen Lavery[1]
Date of birth (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 24)
Place of birth Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 9
Youth career
Red Deer Renegades
Goodyear F.C.
2009–2011 Ipswich Town
2012–2013 Sheffield Wednesday
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2016 Sheffield Wednesday 34 (6)
2013 Southend United (loan) 3 (0)
2013–2014 Plymouth Argyle (loan) 8 (3)
2015 Chesterfield (loan) 8 (3)
2015–2016 Portsmouth (loan) 13 (4)
2016– Sheffield United 27 (4)
National team
2008 Canada U17 1 (0)
2009 Northern Ireland U19 5 (0)
2010–2014 Northern Ireland U21 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:35, 25 March 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:31, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Caolan Owen Lavery (born 22 October 1992) is a Canadian-born Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Sheffield United. He has played in the English Football League for Sheffield Wednesday, and on loan at Southend United, Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield. He has represented both Canada and Northern Ireland at youth international level, and is one of only a small number of footballers to have played for both Sheffield clubs.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lavery started his youth career in Canada, playing for the Red Deer Renegades.[3] He then played with Northern Irish youth side Goodyear while having trials at Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Charlton Athletic. A successful trial at Ipswich Town saw him spend two years at the club before rejecting the offer of a new deal in late 2011 and leaving the club after his academy scholarship expired. He went on to have trials at Sunderland and Leicester City in November.[4][5] In December 2011 Lavery was reported to be in talks with League Two club Bradford City.[6] The following January he was reported to be in talks with Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock.[7]

Sheffield Wednesday[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

Finally, in the summer of 2012, Lavery signed for Sheffield Wednesday to join their development squad.[8] On 28 August 2012, Lavery was included in Sheffield Wednesday's first-team squad as an unused substitute for the League Cup tie against Premier League Fulham.[9] A 1–0 win saw Sheffield Wednesday enter the third round of the competition, but Lavery failed to get on the pitch for that game, against Premier League outfit Southampton.[10]

After continuing success in Sheffield Wednesday's development squad, Lavery was targeted by clubs for a possible loan deal and, on 25 January 2013, he signed for League Two side Southend United.[11] He made his professional debut a week later on 2 February when Southend hosted Oxford United.[12]

2013–14 season[edit]

On 10 August 2013, Lavery was named on the bench for Wednesday for the home Football League Championship game against Burnley. This was the second game of the season and Wednesday's first home game. In the second half, with Wednesday trailing 2–1, Lavery made his debut for the club but was unable to help his side to salvage a point.[13] In November 2013, he joined League Two club Plymouth Argyle on loan until the start of January 2014.[14] Lavery made his debut against Dagenham & Redbridge the next day,[15] and scored the first senior goal of his career during his first start against Bury on 21 December.[16] Five days later, he opened a 3–2 win at former club Oxford with a goal in the first minute of the second half.[17] The loan was then extended for a month after he scored his third goal in four starts on New Year's Day against Torquay United,[18] but he was recalled less than a week later.[19]

Upon his return to Sheffield Wednesday, Lavery was used as a second-half substitute against Leeds United on 11 January 2014. He scored two goals, his first professional goals for Sheffield Wednesday, in their 6–0 home victory against their Yorkshire rivals.[20] He scored a further brace for the Owls in a 4–1 win over Birmingham City on 15 March 2014.[21]

2014–15 season[edit]

On 2 February 2015, Lavery was loaned to League One team Chesterfield until 7 March, replacing Cardiff City-bound Eoin Doyle.[22] On 9 March, having scored three goals in seven games including a last-minute winner at Milton Keynes Dons, he extended his loan until the end of the season,[23] but was recalled by Wednesday only six days later, due to an injury to Will Keane.[24]

He scored his first Wednesday goal of the season on 21 March, as they came from behind to win 3–2 at South Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United.[25] On 11 April he added a second, opening a 1–1 home draw against Charlton with a volley from Lewis Buxton's cross.[26]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 30 August 2016 Lavery joined Sheffield United after turning down a new contract offer from city rivals Wednesday. His first goal for them was in a 4-0 home win against Swindon Town.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 January 2016
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sheffield Wednesday 2012–13 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 21 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 23 4
2014–15 Championship 13 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2015–16 Championship 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 34 6 3 0 2 0 0 0 39 6
Southend United (loan) 2012–13 League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0
Plymouth Argyle (loan) 2013–14 League Two 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
Chesterfield (loan) 2014–15 League One 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 3
Portsmouth (loan) 2015–16 League Two 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 4
Career totals 66 15 3 0 2 0 1 0 72 15
A. ^ Includes games in the Football League Trophy.

International career[edit]

Lavery is eligible to play for his country of birth Canada and, as both his parents were born there, either Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. Before Lavery's move to England he played for Canada U-17 in warm-up games in preparation to qualifiers for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.[3] However, after playing time in Northern Ireland for Goodyear and then his move to Ipswich Town, he switched to the Northern Ireland national side. He made his debut for Northern Ireland U-21 on 17 November 2010 in a 3–1 loss against Scotland.[27] He has also made three appearances for the Northern Ireland U-19 team.[28]

On 21 May 2015, Lavery was given his first call-up to the senior Northern Ireland team ahead of a friendly with Qatar and a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Romania. Manager Michael O'Neill had wanted him to feature the previous Summer in a tour of South America, but Lavery was unavailable as he had to attend a wedding.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professional retain lists & free transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. May 2013. p. 24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Caolan Lavery". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Lavery playing for Canada". Red Deer Advocate. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Northern Ireland hotshot and former Spurs target snubs Ipswich for Foxes trial". Daily Mirror. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Caolan Lavery deal is not done, says Bradford City chairman Mark Lawn". Telegraph and Argus. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Former Ipswich striker Lavery heading to League Two strugglers Bradford". Daily Mail. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dean ’n Del will connect". The Scottish Sun. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Owls ambitions". www.swfc.co.uk. 7 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Owls advance". www.swfc.co.uk. 28 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Matchday Live". www.swfc.co.uk. 25 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday's Caolan Lavery joins Southend United". www.bbc.co.uk. 25 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Southend 1–0 Oxford". www.bbc.co.uk. 2 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Owls miss out". www.swfc.co.uk. 10 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Caolan Lavery: Plymouth Argyle sign Sheffield Wednesday striker". BBC Sport. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  15. ^ Errington, Chris (23 November 2013). "Plymouth Argyle 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 1: Match report". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Errington, Chris (23 December 2013). "Striker Caolan Lavery keen to extend Plymouth Argyle stay". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Reid helps Pilgrims down U's". Sky Sports. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  18. ^ Errington, Chris (3 January 2014). "On-loan Plymouth Argyle striker Caolan Lavery expected Sheffield Wednesday recall". Plymouth Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Lavery Recalled". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 6-0 Leeds United". 11 January 2014 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  21. ^ "Sheff Wed 4-1 Birmingham". BBC Sport. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  22. ^ "Lavery moves to Chesterfield". Sky Sports. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Lavery extends Chesterfield stay". Sky Sports. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "Lavery exits Chesterfield early". Sky Sports. 15 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  25. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday score two goals in injury time to beat Rotherham 3-2". Sky Sports. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "Sheffield Wednesday 1 Charlton 1: Johann Berg Gudmundsson grabs draw". BBC Sport. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "Caolan Lavery Profile". NIFG. 14 November 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  28. ^ "Caolan Lavery". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  29. ^ "Wednesday striker Lavery handed Northern Ireland call-up". BBC Sport. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 

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