Conor Shaughnessy

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Conor Shaughnessy
Personal information
Full name Conor Glynn Shaughnessy[1]
Date of birth (1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Galway, Ireland
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Centre-back / Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Burton Albion
(on loan from Leeds United)
Number 16
Youth career
2012–2016 Reading
2016–2017 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017– Leeds United 9 (0)
2019Heart of Midlothian (loan) 10 (0)
2019–2020Mansfield Town (loan) 15 (0)
2020–Burton Albion (loan) 1 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Republic of Ireland U15 4 (1)
2012 Republic of Ireland U16 2 (0)
2013 Republic of Ireland U17 1 (0)
2012 Republic of Ireland U18 1 (0)
2017– Republic of Ireland U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 January 2020 (UTC)

Conor Glynn Shaughnessy (born 30 June 1996) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Burton Albion on loan from Championship club Leeds United and Republic of Ireland U21s.[2]

He is also able to operate as a central midfielder. He has represented the Republic of Ireland national football team at U15 through to U21 level.

Club career[edit]

Reading[edit]

Shaughnessy started his career at English club Reading, joining in 2012 after a successful trial and signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2013.[3] He was a regular for the Reading U18 and U21 teams; however, he never played competitively for the club and was released in May 2016.[4]

Leeds United[edit]

Following a successful trial, Shaughnessy was given a one-year contract with the Leeds United development squad in September 2016. But he did not make any first team appearances during the 2016/2017 Season.[5] His contract was extended by a year in In May 2017,[6] and he made his professional debut in a 3–2 away victory over Bolton Wanderers on 6 August 2017, replacing injured teammate Matthew Pennington at centre back in the 66th minute and promptly giving away a penalty.[7][8][9] He made his first start in the following game, on 9 August 2017 in a 4–1 League Cup victory against Port Vale at Elland Road,[10] and first League start six days later against Fulham.[11] He signed a new four-year contract with Leeds the following month.[12] On 7 January 2018, Shaughnessy scored an own goal in Leeds' 2–1 shock defeat to Newport County in the FA Cup.[13]

Shaughnessy picked up a serious ankle injury when he started in Leeds' 0-0 draw against Hull City on 30 January 2018,[14] with head coach Thomas Christiansen revealing Shaughnessy could spend several weeks/months out injured.[15] The injury ultimately ruled Shaughnessy out for the remainder of the season.[16]

On 14 August, Shaughnessy returned to a match-day squad for the first time, when he was named on the bench for Leeds in the Carabao Cup fixture against Bolton Wanderers.[17] He made his first appearance after injury when he started against Preston North End on 28 August.[18] The return to form - and from injury - of Leeds' back line has limited Shaughnessy's playing time with the first team, but a revealing interview in September 2018 shows that manager Marcelo Bielsa has firm plans for the youngster in this 2018/19 campaign and beyond.[19]

Hearts loan[edit]

On 7 January 2019, Shaughnessy joined Hearts on a 6 month loan deal.[20] He made his debut on 20 January starting for Hearts in a 1-0 win against Livingston in the Scottish FA Cup, before making his league debut on 23 January in the SPL against Dundee.[21]

On 25 May 2019, Shaughnessy received a 2018–19 Scottish Cup Runners Up medal after being named on the bench for the Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park after losing 1-2 in the final against Celtic.[22] In total he made 11 appearances for Hearts in all competitions.[23]

Mansfield Town loan[edit]

On 2 September 2019, Shaughnessy joined League Two side Mansfield Town on a season long loan after failing to break into Leeds Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa's immediate plans.[24]

Burton Albion loan[edit]

After his loan at Mansfield was ended early, Shaughnessy signed on loan for League One club Burton Albion on 13 January 2020 for the rest of the 2019–20 season.[25]

International career[edit]

Shaughnessy has represented Ireland at U15,[26] U16,[27] U17,[28] U18[29] and U21[30] level. After his loan move to Hearts he expressed his hopes that he would get a senior international call up similarly to fellow Irish under 21 centre back Jimmy Dunne who he replaced at Tynecastle.

Personal life[edit]

Shaughnessy's elder brother Joe is also a professional footballer and plays for League One club Southend United.[31][32]

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Hearts

Career statistics[edit]

As of 4 January 2020[33]
Season Club Division League Cup League Cup FL Trophy Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2016-17 Leeds United Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 Leeds United Championship 9 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 14 0 1 0
2018–19 Leeds United Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Leeds United Total 9 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 15 0 1 0
2018–19 Heart of Midlothian (loan)[34] Scottish Premiership 10 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 0 0
2019-20 Mansfield Town (loan)[35] League Two 15 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 19 0 2 0
Total 34 0 3 0 5 0 3 0 45 0 3 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EFL Released and Retained List 2016-17" (PDF). English Football League. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  2. ^ "35. Conor Shaughnessy". Soccerbase. Retrieved 16 August 2017.
  3. ^ Low, Jonathan (12 March 2014). "Reading FC Under-18s v Liverpool Under-18s: Ones to watch". getreading. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Reading release Simon Cox, Anton Ferdinand and Hal Robson-Kanu". Sky Sports. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  5. ^ "YOUNG MIDFIELDER JOINS DEVELOPMENT SQUAD". www.leedsunited.com. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Charlie Taylor: Leeds United offer left-back new contract". BBC Sport. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  7. ^ "AudioSpace | Radio station streaming, apps and websites". www.audiospace.co. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Bolton Wanderers vs. Leeds United - Football Match Report - August 6, 2017 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  9. ^ "REPORT: BOLTON WANDERERS 2–3 LEEDS UNITED", Leeds United official site, 6 August 2017
  10. ^ "Leeds United 4-1 Port Vale". BBC Sport. 9 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Leeds 0-0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  12. ^ "SHAUGHNESSY EXTENDS CONTRACT". Leeds Official Website. Archived from the original on 21 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Newport County Vs Leeds", Leeds United, 7 January 2018
  14. ^ "Hull 0 Leeds 0". www.leedsunited.com. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  15. ^ "PRESS CONFERENCE | THOMAS CHRISTIANSEN". www.leedsunited.com. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Conor Shaughnessy | Football Stats | Leeds United | Season 2017/2018 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Leeds United vs Bolton". Leeds United. 14 August 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Leeds 0 Preston 2". BBC Sport. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  19. ^ McQueirns, Oisin (24 September 2018). "Leeds' Conor Shaughnessy on Ireland, Injuries and Life Under Bielsa". Pundit Arena. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy seals Hearts loan move". YEP. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Conor Shaughnessy". Soccerbase. 27 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Hearts 1 Celtic 2". BBC Sport. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  23. ^ "Conor Shaughnessy". Soccerbase. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  24. ^ "Conor Shaughnessy: Mansfield Town sign Leeds United defender". BBC Sport. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  25. ^ [bbc.co.uk/sport/football/510982821 "Conor Shaughnessy: Conor Shaughnessy: Burton Albion sign defender on loan from Leeds United"] Check |url= value (help). BBC Sport. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  26. ^ "U15 squad named for Belgium double-header | Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  27. ^ "Statistics: Ireland Under 16 [Powered by tplSoccerStats]". www.soccerscene.ie. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  28. ^ "Ireland U17s defeated by strong Croatian side | Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  29. ^ "Doolin names Irish U18 home-based squad for Wales game | Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  30. ^ "Republic of Ireland U21 vs. Israel U21 - 9 October 2017 - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  31. ^ "Joe Shaughnessy: Southend United sign former St Johnstone captain after trial". BBC. 1 August 2019. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  32. ^ Bernie Ni Fhlatharta (13 May 2013). "Footballers and film stars – is this the most talented family in Galway?". Connacht Tribune. Retrieved 14 January 2020.
  33. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  34. ^ "Games played by Conor Shaughnessy in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  35. ^ "Games played by Conor Shaughnessy in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 4 January 2020.

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