Jason Steele (footballer)
|Full name||Jason Sean Steele|
|Date of birth||18 August 1990|
|Place of birth||Newton Aycliffe, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|2010||→ Northampton Town (loan)||13||(0)|
|2014||→ Blackburn Rovers (loan)||15||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19:57, 28 April 2015 (UTC).
Jason Sean Steele (born 18 August 1990, Newton Aycliffe) is an English professional footballer who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a goalkeeper. A product of Middlesbrough's famed youth academy, he has represented England at all youth levels, as well as appearing for the Great Britain Olympic Team.
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Steele, a goalkeeper, came through Middlesbrough's youth academy. In May 2009, Steele signed a new three-year contract with Middlesbrough, which was his first professional deal. Danny Coyne was signed during Middlesbrough's first season in the Championship in the 2009/10 season, instead of promoting Steele to a permanent senior squad member. Steele was sent out on loan to Northampton Town in February 2010, to gain first team experience. He was impressive during his stint at Northampton, keeping four clean sheets in thirteen games.
2010–11 Breakthrough season
Thanks to his impressive stint at Northampton, Steele was handed his first competitive start for Middlesbrough's in a 2–1 victory over Chesterfield in the League Cup, on 10 August 2010. He made his league debut away to Leicester City on 14 August 2010 and capped it with a clean sheet in a 0–0 draw. With the sale of Brad Jones to Liverpool, Steele went on to establish himself as Middlesbroughs first choice keeper, ahead of Danny Coyne. In November 2010, after impressive performances in the Championship, Steele was linked with a January move to Arsenal. In December 2010, he signed a new contract with Middlesbrough up to 2015, despite speculation about his future. Due to a side muscle injury he picked up against Reading in March 2011, Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Paul Smith was brought in to cover for Steele. Despite impressive performances from Smith, Steele regained his first team spot for the last two games of the 2010/11 campaign, in which he kept clean sheets in both games against Cardiff and Doncaster.
In the 2011–12 season he fully established himself as Middlesbrough's first choice keeper by being awarded the number 1 shirt under Tony Mowbray, which made him the youngest first choice goalkeeper in the Championship. Despite Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme being brought in on loan at the start of the season, due to a broken wrist for Steele, Steele quickly regained his first team place. Steele went on to win the young player of the year award for the 2011–12 season.
He started the 2012–13 season well, putting in man of the match performances in games against Ipswich Town (in which he got an assist), Watford and Brighton. He continued his good form into 2013, saving a penalty against Blackpool when the score was at 3–2, Middlesbrough went on to win the match 4–2. Steele's impressive form during the 2012/13 season, as well as his form in the previous season, was rewarded when he was named the North East Football Writers' young player of the year on 24 February 2013. Steele finished the season been the only player to have played in every minute of Middlesbroughs league campaign. Steele also won both the young player, and player of the season awards which was picked by both his teammates and staff at the club.
Blackburn Rovers Loan Spell
On 1 September 2014, Steele joined Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers on a season loan after dropping to Middlesbrough's third choice goalkeeper behind Tomás Mejías and Dimitrios Konstantopoulos. He made his first appearance for Blackburn on 20 September 2014 in a 1-0 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
On 31 December 2014, Steele was signed by on a permanent deal by Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers after having success on his previous loan spell. Steele's fee was reported to be worth around £1million.
England Under-16s, 17s and 19s
Steele has competed for the England under-16s, England under-17s and now for the England under-19s. He joined the under-19s in September 2007, a month after his 17th birthday. In July 2009, Steele competed as starting goalkeeper for England under-19s in the Under-19 European Championships, in Ukraine. Against hosts, Ukraine, Steele captained the team.
Steele made his first under-21s appearance in November 2010, in a friendly against Germany. It was a game to forget for Steele however, as he was sent off after 58 minutes after a dive from Boris Vukcevic, having only just come on at half time. His second appearance for the under-21s came almost 2 years later on 10 September 2012, in a European Under-21 Championship qualifying game against Norway, in which he kept a clean sheet with a solid performance in a 1–0 win. On 13 November 2012, Steele kept a clean sheet against Northern Ireland in a friendly, having come on as a second half substitute for Ben Amos.
He was again called up to the England U21 side in 2013 for their friendly against the Sweden U21 team on 5 February. During his time with the squad, Steele trained with the senior England team, as well as the U21's.
He was called into the 23 man squad for the 2013 UEFA Euro U21 championships. Steele made one appearance during the tournament, playing in a 1–0 defeat to Israel's U21s in England's last group game.
On 2 July 2012, Steele was named in Team GB's football team for the 2012 Olympics. He started in the line up in a friendly against Brazil before the 2012 Olympics which resulted in a 2–0 defeat. He was the only member of Team GB's squad not to get onto the pitch during the tournament itself, with Jack Butland keeping him out.
- As of match played 3 May 2014.
|Club||Season||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Other||Total|
|Northampton Town (loan)||2009–10||League Two||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||13||0|
- Middlesbrough Young Player of the Season Award (2): 2011/12, 2012/13
- North East Football Writers' young player of the year (1): 2013
- Middlesbrough Player of the Season Award (1): 2012/13
- "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/12/2010 and 31/12/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 444. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- Squad Profile – Jason Steele www.mfc.co.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2009.
- Match Report – Chesterfield v Middlesbrough www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 August 2010
- (2009-07-21) Boro Duo Set For Action www.mfc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- (2009-07-24) Jason Looks To Step It Up www.mfc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 July 2009.
- (16 November 2010)
- (10 September 2012)
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2007/2008". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2009/2010". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2011/2012". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- "Games played by Jason Steele in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Retrieved 21 June 2014.