Jack O'Connell (footballer)

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Jack O'Connell
Jack O'Connell 15-12-2015 1.jpg
O'Connell playing for Brentford in 2015
Personal information
Full name Jack William O'Connell[1]
Date of birth (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[2]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Sheffield United
Number 5
Youth career
2010–2011 REMYCA United
2011–2012 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Blackburn Rovers 0 (0)
2012–2013 Rotherham United (loan) 3 (0)
2013 York City (loan) 18 (0)
2013–2014 Rochdale (loan) 38 (0)
2014–2015 Rochdale (loan) 17 (3)
2015–2016 Brentford 16 (1)
2015 Rochdale (loan) 12 (2)
2016– Sheffield United 44 (4)
National team
2012 England U18 1 (0)
2012–2013 England U19 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:59, 30 April 2017 (UTC).

Jack William O'Connell (born 29 March 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Sheffield United.

O'Connell began his career at Blackburn Rovers and came to prominence after captaining Rochdale to promotion from League Two in the 2013–14 season. He joined Championship club Brentford in February 2015, and remained there until July 2016 when signing for Sheffield United of League One. O'Connell was capped by England at under-18 and under-19 level, captaining the latter team.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Liverpool, Merseyside,[1] O'Connell began his career with the youth team at Liverpool County Premier League Premier Division club REMYCA United at the age of 16.[3] He made seven appearances in the first team before being named their Youth Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season.[4][5]

Blackburn Rovers[edit]

After having trials with Premier League clubs Everton and Blackburn Rovers, O'Connell was signed by the academy of the latter on a two-year contract in the summer of 2011.[6][7] A left-sided centre back and left back,[8] he made 35 appearances and scored three goals for the academy and reserve teams during 2011–12 and was part of the academy team which reach the finals of the FA Youth Cup and the Premier Academy League.[9] O'Connell signed a two-year professional contract with Rovers in May 2012.[8]

After impressing on loan away from Ewood Park during the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, O'Connell signed a new two-year deal in the summer of 2014.[10] O'Connell received his maiden call into the first team squad on 12 August 2014, being named in the starting lineup for a League Cup first round match versus Scunthorpe United.[11] He played the full 90 minutes of the 1–0 defeat.[12] He was called into the squad for the club's next two Championship matches, before departing on loan.[11] After his return,[13] O'Connell's final involvement with the first team came on 3 January 2015, when he remained an unused substitute for a 2–1 FA Cup third round victory over Charlton Athletic.[11] He departed Rovers on 2 February 2015,[14] after making just one first team appearance in three-and-a-half years at Ewood Park.[15] He made 49 appearances and scored three goals for the club's reserve and academy teams.[9]

Rotherham United (loan)[edit]

On 22 November 2012, O'Connell signed on loan for League Two club Rotherham United until 5 January 2013.[16] O'Connell made the first senior appearance of his career on 24 November 2012, replacing Courtney Cameron in the 89th minute of a 1–0 away win against Exeter City.[17] He made five appearances for Rotherham before returning to Blackburn.[17]

York City (loan)[edit]

O'Connell playing for York City in 2013

O'Connell joined another League Two team, York City, on a one-month loan on 24 January 2013.[18] He made his debut two days later in a 1–1 draw away at Gillingham.[17] The loan was extended until the end of 2012–13 on 25 February 2013.[19] O'Connell made 18 appearances for York before returning to Blackburn after his loan expired.[17]

Rochdale (loans)[edit]

O'Connell signed for League Two team Rochdale on a six-month loan on 22 July 2013.[20] Consistently good displays saw manager Keith Hill extend O'Connell's loan until the end of 2013–14 in December 2013.[21] He was also named captain by Hill.[22] O'Connell made 45 appearances[23] as Rochdale earned automatic promotion to League One after finishing third in League Two.[24]

On 1 September 2014, O'Connell rejoined Rochdale on a loan running until 3 January 2015.[25] He scored the first senior goal of his career with a header in a 3–0 win over Yeovil Town on 25 October 2014.[26][27] O'Connell returned to Blackburn Rovers after his loan expired,[13] having made 19 appearances and scored three goals during his spell with Rochdale.[26] Across his two spells at Spotland, O'Connell made 64 appearances and scored three goals.[15]

Brentford[edit]

On 2 February 2015, O'Connell signed for Championship club Brentford on a three-and-a-half year contract.[14] After a spell away on loan, he was an unused substitute on four occasions before the end of 2014–15.[11] O'Connell made his long-awaited debut with a start at left-back in Brentford's second match of 2015–16, a 4–0 League Cup first round defeat to Oxford United.[28] A suspension to Harlee Dean in late November saw O'Connell come into the team and his headed his first Brentford goal to level the score at 2–2 in a West London derby with Fulham on 12 December.[29] Despite the departure of first-choice centre back James Tarkowski in January 2016,[30] O'Connell remained as third-choice centre back after being usurped by Yoann Barbet.[31] He made sporadic appearances through to the end of the season and finished with 18 appearances and one goal.[28]

Return to Rochdale (loan)[edit]

O'Connell playing for Rochdale in 2015

On 10 February 2015, O'Connell returned to League One team Rochdale on loan until the end of 2014–15.[32] He made his third debut for the club in a 2–1 defeat to Peterborough United four days later.[26] He made 12 appearances and scored two goals before being recalled by Brentford on 28 March.[26][33] Earlier in the day he had celebrated the 100th professional appearance of his career with the winner in a 2–1 victory over Yeovil Town.[34][35] Over the course of his three spells with Rochdale, O'Connell made 76 appearances and scored five goals.[15]

Sheffield United[edit]

On 8 July 2016, O'Connell signed for League One club Sheffield United on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.[36] He scored his first goal for Sheffield United in an EFL Trophy tie against Grimsby Town on 9 November 2016.[37] O'Connell made 50 appearances, scoring 6 goals,[38] as Sheffield United were promoted to the Championship as League One champions.[39]

International career[edit]

O'Connell was capped once by the England under-18 team, playing the full 90 minutes of a 3–0 friendly victory over Poland on 7 March 2012.[40] He made his debut for the under-19s in a 3–0 2013 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualification win over Estonia on 26 September 2012.[40] O'Connell won four further caps during the qualifying round,[41] including three as captain.[42] He won eight caps at under-19 level.[40]

Personal life[edit]

In 2014, O'Connell is in a relationship with fellow professional footballer Alex Greenwood.[43]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 30 April 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
Blackburn Rovers 2012–13[17] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15[26] Championship 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2012–13[17] League Two 3 0 2 0 5 0
York City (loan) 2012–13[17] League Two 18 0 18 0
Rochdale (loan) 2013–14[23] League Two 38 0 4 0 1 0 2[a] 0 45 0
2014–15[26] League One 29 5 2[a] 0 31 5
Total 67 5 4 0 1 0 4 0 76 5
Brentford 2014–15[26] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015–16[28] Championship 16 1 1 0 1 0 18 1
Total 16 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 18 1
Sheffield United 2016–17[38] League One 44 4 2 1 1 0 3[b] 1 50 6
Career total 148 10 9 1 4 0 7 1 168 12
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearances in EFL Trophy

Honours[edit]

Rochdale

Sheffield United

References[edit]

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