Drey Wright

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Drey Wright
Personal information
Full name Drey Jermaine Wright[1]
Date of birth (1995-04-30) 30 April 1995 (age 22)[2]
Place of birth Greenwich, London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[3]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Colchester United
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2012 Colchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Colchester United 91 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:19, 7 May 2017 (UTC).

Drey Jermaine Wright (born 30 April 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays as a winger for League Two club Colchester United. The son of former Ipswich Town and Southampton midfielder Jermaine Wright, Wright has progressed through the Colchester United Academy, where he made his first-team debut in 2012.

Career[edit]

Born in Greenwich, London,[3] Wright is the son of former Ipswich Town and Southampton midfielder Jermaine Wright.[4] A rapid winger who progressed through the Academy at Colchester United,[5] Wright featured for the Colchester first-team in the 2011–12 pre-season campaign, scoring in a 6–2 friendly win over Whitton United on 27 July 2011 for a youthful U's side.[6] Through the season, he mostly featured for the youth and reserve sides, alongside appearances in the Essex Senior Cup. He netted in their 4–0 semi-final win against Concord Rangers on 23 February 2012 to earn a place in the final.[7] He featured in the final held against Canvey Island on 17 April, a game in which Colchester were defeated 1–0.[8] He then scored in the reserve sides penultimate game of the campaign on 24 April in a 2–1 win against Oxford United,[9] and despite a defeat to Luton Town in the final game, he helped the side claim the last-ever Football Combination North Division title on 1 May.[10]

2012–13 season[edit]

John Ward handed Wright his professional debut for Colchester United in the League Cup in August 2012.

In May 2012, after just one year of his apprenticeship and on the back of his success with the club's reserve side, Wright signed a two-year professional development contract with Colchester alongside fellow academy products Bradley Hamilton, Ryan Melaugh, Tosin Olufemi and Shaun Phillips.[11] Wright featured in the first-team preparations for the 2012–13 season, with Colchester manager John Ward saying that "it doesn't really surprise me" that both Wright and teammate Alex Gilbey has made strides towards first-team football.[12] Ward then handed Wright his professional debut in the League Cup tie against Yeovil Town on 14 August, the opening game of the season. Wright started the match, and played for 58 minutes before being replaced by Karl Duguid in the 3–0 defeat at Huish Park.[13] He was drafted into the squad at the last minute following Freddie Sears' withdrawal, but earned praise from his manager despite being forced into playing first-team football prematurely.[14] His father, Jermaine, said he was "proud to see my son out there playing" and that "he plays with a smile on his face and he loves playing with the first team".[15] He then made his first League One appearance for the club, coming on as a 79th-minute substitute for Clinton Morrison in Colchester's 2–2 home draw with Portsmouth on 21 August.[16]

On 28 August, Wright's cross for Freddie Ladapo's goal in their Professional Development League Two match against Swansea City was enough to hand Colchester their first-ever win in the newly established under-21 league format.[17] He scored his first professional goal on his first league start on Boxing Day in a 3–1 home defeat to Brentford, a game in which he played the full 90 minutes.[18] Manager Joe Dunne enthused that "Drey Wright was outstanding" and that he "had an exceptional full debut and really showed his strength".[19]

In March 2013, Wright was shortlisted for the League Football Education ' League One Apprentice of the Year' award, nominated alongside Sheffield United's George Willis and eventual winner Luke James of Hartlepool United.[20] Wright ended his first professional season with 23 first-team appearances, having scored three goals,[21] and was rewarded at the club's annual end of season awards evening on his 18th birthday, earning the Colchester United 'Young Player of the Year' accolade ahead of Sam Walker and Gavin Massey.[2]

2013–14 season[edit]

With one-year remaining on his contract, Wright signed a two-year extension on 26 July 2013 to keep him with the club until summer 2016.[22] He was brought on as a substitute in the opening game of the season on 3 August in a 1–0 win at Gillingham, setting up Andrew Bond to score the 88th-minute winner.[23]

A calf strain left Wright out of action in early September,[24] but he recovered in time to make his first start of the season in their 2–0 away defeat to Coventry City on 8 September.[25] Having undergone a knee operation in October 2013, Wright returned to light training with the squad in February 2014 having not featured since 14 September 2013 in the U's 2–2 draw with Bradford City.[26] He continued his comeback from injury on 6 March when he played for 60 minutes in Colchester's Essex Senior Cup semi-final defeat to Concord Rangers.[27] Manager Joe Dunne then announced that he was looking to loan Wright out to another club in order to find first-team action elsewhere to aid his recovery process.[28] However, Wright then made his first appearance for the first-team in almost seven months as a substitute for David Wright in the U's 2–0 away defeat to Peterborough United on 2 April.[29] Wright finished his injury-blighted campaign with 13 appearances.[30]

2014–15 season[edit]

After starting Colchester's first game of the season at home to Oldham Athletic on 9 August 2014, Wright suffered a recurrence of his knee injury which forced him out of much of last season. He was withdrawn after 64 minutes and replaced by Dominic Vose in the 2–2 draw.[31][32] He returned to first-team action for the first time in six weeks, and for the first time under new manager Tony Humes on 20 September as an 84th-minute substitute for Gavin Massey in a 0–0 home draw with Bradford City.[33]

Wright announced his return to full fitness in late September following his return to the first-team,[34] and then scored his first goal of the season, and his first for the club in 18-months, with the opener in Colchester's 3–3 Football League Trophy draw with Gillingham on 7 October.[35] Wright then limped out of the under-21 Development Squad 5–0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday on 14 October with another recurrence of his knee injury.[36] As a result of the injury, Wright was ruled out for the rest of the season with cruciate ligament damage.[37]

2015–16 season[edit]

Wright returned to first-team action on 11 August 2015 as a second-half substitute during Colchester's 1–0 League Cup defeat to Reading.[38] He celebrated his 50th career appearance for Colchester during the season,[39] ending the campaign with 13 appearances.[40] He was offered a new deal at the end of the season following Colchester's relegation to League Two.[41][42] He signed a new one-year contract extension on 25 May 2016.[43]

2016–17 season[edit]

Wright scored his first goal in almost two years on 24 September 2016 with the opening goal in Colchester's 2–1 home defeat to Accrington Stanley.[44] He made his 100th Colchester United appearance on 29 April 2017 in their 3–1 win at Leyton Orient,[45] and made a total of 46 appearances in addition to scoring two goals across the season.[46]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 6 May 2017.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Colchester United 2012–13[21] League One 21 3 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 23 3
2013–14[30] League One 12 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2014–15[47] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 1 6 1
2015–16[40] League One 11 0 0 0 1 0 1[a] 0 13 0
2016–17[46] League Two 42 2 1 0 0 0 3[b] 0 46 2
Career total 91 5 1 0 3 0 6 1 101 6
  1. ^ a b c Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Individual
  • 2012–13 Colchester United Young Player of the Year[2]

References[edit]

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  12. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (13 August 2012). "Ward not surprised by in-form Wright's progress". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Yeovil 3–0 Colchester". BBC Sport. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
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  16. ^ "Colchester 2–2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 21 August 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
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  18. ^ "Colchester 1–3 Brentford". BBC Sport. 26 December 2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
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  27. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (7 March 2014). "Young U's side beaten in Essex Senior Cup semi-final". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  28. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (11 March 2014). "U's could allow Wright to leave on loan". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  29. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (3 April 2015). "Drey's on the Wright track for U's". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
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  31. ^ "Colchester 2–2 Oldham". BBC Sport. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  32. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (12 August 2014). "U's reluctant to put timescale on Wright recovery". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  33. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (20 September 2014). "U's play out goal-less draw with Bradford". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  34. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (24 September 2014). "Wright happy to be back in the fray for U's". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  35. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (7 October 2014). "U's knocked out of JPT on penalties". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
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  39. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (17 February 2016). "Colchester United winger Drey Wright showed "what a good prospect he is" according to Kevin Keen". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  40. ^ a b "Games played by Drey Wright in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  41. ^ Hudson, Matt (20 May 2016). "U's Retained List". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  42. ^ "Colchester United: Joe Edwards and Nicky Shorey among nine to depart". BBC Sport. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  43. ^ Waldron, Jonathan (25 May 2016). "Winger Drey Wright commits his future to Colchester United". Daily Gazette. Colchester. Retrieved 25 May 2016. 
  44. ^ "Colchester United 1–2 Accrington Stanley". BBC Sport. 24 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  45. ^ "Leyton Orient 1–3 Colchester United". BBC Sport. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
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  47. ^ "Games played by Drey Wright in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 

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