Darryl Westlake

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Darryl Westlake
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-03-01) 1 March 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Sutton Coldfield, England
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Walsall
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 Walsall 67 (1)
2012–2014 Sheffield United 18 (0)
2013–2014 Mansfield Town (loan) 23 (0)
2014–2016 Kilmarnock 25 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:00, 30 June 2016(UTC).


Darryl Westlake (born 1 March 1991) is a footballer who plays as a defender . Born in Sutton Coldfield, England, he began his career with Walsall where he spent three seasons before moving to Sheffield United, and also spent time on loan at Mansfield Town in 2014. Westlake signed for Kilmarnock in September 2014 for two seasons.

Club career[edit]

Walsall[edit]

Born in Sutton Coldfield, England, Westlake started his youth career at Walsall and signed his first professional contract with the club, having been training in the first team.[1][2] Westlake made his Walsall début on 15 August 2009 in the Football League One clash with Southend United at the Bescot Stadium, which ended in a 2–2 draw.[3] He was seen as a future prospect due to his consistent performances at such a young age, finishing the season with the Young Player of the Year Award and a new two-year contract in May 2010.[4][5]

Westlake started the 2010–11 season when he played his first game, in a 1–0 loss against Colchester United on 4 September 2010.[6] Having made four appearance for the club this season, Westlake was linked with a loan move to League Two side Lincoln City, but the club refused to loan him out.[7] As a result, Westlake forced his way back in the first team and continued to retain his first place for the rest of the season.[8] Westlake scored his first Walsall goal (and his first professional goal), in a 1–1 draw against Oldham Athletic on 25 January 2011.[9] Westlake later credited Manager Dean Smith for giving him confidence to fight for first team football and went on make 28 appearance for the club.[10]

2011–12 Westlake played seventeen games and at the end of the season was offered a new contract with a one-year deal.[11]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 20 July 2012, Westlake joined Sheffield United in July 2012, signing a two-year contract, with an option for a third year.[12] Following his move to Sheffield United, the club have to pay Walsall an undisclosed compensation package because in England, when a player under the age of 23 leaves a club at the end of his contract, his new club must pay a fee to his old club as compensation for having trained him up and Westlake was under 23 when he left Walsall.[13] Westlake made his debut for the Blades in September 2012, playing in central midfield in a 1–1 home draw against Bury.

On 28 November 2013 Westlake joined Mansfield Town on loan until 5 January 2014,[14] a deal that was later extended until the end of the season.[15] Westlake played regularly for the Stags and returned to Bramall Lane the following summer having played 25 games.[16] Westlake was released by Sheffield United on 16 May 2014.[17]

Kilmarnock[edit]

On 9 September 2014, Westlake signed for Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock on a one-year contract with the option of an extra year.[18]

Westlake made his league debut for the club, playing as a left back position, in a 3–0 win over Partick Thistle on 27 September 2014.[19] However, Westlake soon injured in the 43rd minutes, resulting being in the stretcher, in a 1–0 loss against Aberdeen on 20 December 2014.[20] Westlake made his return to the team, in a 2–2 draw against Partick Thistle on 24 January 2015.[21] Westlake then scored his first Kilmarnock goal on 15 April 2015, in a 4–1 loss to Celtic.[22]

2015-2016 Westlake took up the option of the second year and helped with an assist against Celtic on 12 August 2015[23] He played eight games for Kilmarnock at the beginning of the season. Having an ankle injury over the winter period Westlake returned to training and played several games for the U20 which then saw him back in the squad on 19 March 2016 against Celtic. Westlake's contract ended with Kilmarnock on 8 April 2016 after mutual consent.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 29 June 2016
Club Season League League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Walsall 2009–10[24] League One 22 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 24 0
2010–11[25] 28 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 33 1
2011–12[26] 17 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 21 0
Total 67 1 5 0 2 0 4 0 78 1
Sheffield United 2012–13[27] League One 11 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 17 0
2013–14[16] 7 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 10 0
Total 18 0 2 0 1 0 6 0 27 0
Mansfield Town (loan) 2013–14[16] League Two 23 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
Kilmarnock 2014–15[28] Scottish Premiership 17 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 1
2015–16[29] 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 25 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 26 1
Career total 133 2 9 0 4 0 10 0 156 2
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals (including those as a substitute) in the Football League Trophy and the Football League play-offs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hutchings frustrated in loan bids". Express and Star. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Saddlers trio sign first pro deals". Express and Star. 21 April 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Walsall 2–2 Southend United". BBC Sport. 15 August 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Walsall release seven including Dwayne Mattis". BBC Sport. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Darryl Westlake signs Walsall contract". Express and Star. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Walsall 0–1 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 4 September 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Darryl Westlake targeted by Lincoln". Express and Star. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Fearless Westlake fires up Saddlers". Express and Star. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Walsall 1–1 Oldham Athletic". BBC Sport. 25 January 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Darryl Westlake's chance will come". Express and Star. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Six Saddlers offered new deals". Sky Sports. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Westlake a Blade". Sheffield United FC Official Web Site. 20 July 2012. Archived from the original on 23 July 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "SADDLERS REACH WESTLAKE AGREEMENT". Walsall F.C. 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 30 October 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Darryl Westlake leaves Sheffield United for Mansfield loan". BBC Sport. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Mansfield extend Darryl Westlake loan". BBC Sport. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c "Games played by Darryl Westlake in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Miller time over at Blades". Sky Sports News. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Kilmarnock complete one-year deal for defender Darryl Westlake". STV Sport. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Kilmarnock 3-0 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock defender Darryl Westlake's ankle injury not as bad as first feared". Sky Sports. 23 December 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  21. ^ "Kilmarnock 2–2 Partick Thistle". BBC Sport. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "Celtic 4–1 Kilmarnock". BBC Sport. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Kilmarnock 2-2 Celtic jury=http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/33783337". BBC Sport. 12 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Walsall 2009/2010 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Walsall 2010/2011 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Walsall 2011/2012 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "Sheffield United 2012/2013 player appearances". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  28. ^ "Games played by Darryl Westlake in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  29. ^ "Games played by Darryl Westlake in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

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