Jeff Hendrick

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Jeff Hendrick
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Patrick Hendrick[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-31) 31 January 1992 (age 24)[2]
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 13
Youth career
1998–2008 St Kevin's Boys
2008–2010 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2016 Derby County 196 (22)
2016– Burnley 3 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Republic of Ireland U15 4 (0)
2007–2008 Republic of Ireland U16 4 (0)
2008 Republic of Ireland U17 6 (4)
2009 Republic of Ireland U18 1 (0)
2010–2011 Republic of Ireland U19 13 (1)
2011–2014 Republic of Ireland U21 7 (0)
2013– Republic of Ireland 27 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:42, 26 September 2016 (UTC).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 21:52, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Jeffrey Patrick "Jeff" Hendrick (born 31 January 1992) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Burnley and the Republic of Ireland national football team. He started his career with Derby County in April 2011 after being in their academy since 2008. After amassing 214 appearances for Derby, he joined newly-promoted Premier League side Burnley in August 2016. Hendrick has represented Ireland at all youth levels. Since his senior international debut in 2013, he has made over 25 appearances for Ireland and represented them at UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]


Early years[edit]

Hendrick joined The Rams as a youth player from St Kevin's Boys in Dublin, having overcome Osgood-Schlatter disease,[3] and played regularly for the club's academy side before breaking into the reserve team during the 2009–10 campaign. He made one start and seven substitute appearances as the club's reserve side successfully captured the 2009–10 Central League Central Section title. At the end of the season his first involvement with the Derby County first team came on 2 May 2010 as he was an unused substitute in a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City in the final game of the 2009–10 season.[4] A few weeks later, on 8 July 2010, he signed his first professional contract, alongside four other Derby County academy graduates, including fellow Republic of Ireland Youth international Ryan Connolly.[5]

Hendrick played a much more significant role in Derby's reserve side during the 2010–11 season, making 17 starts in all competitions and scoring 9 goals, including a hat-trick in a 14–1 victory over Shirebrook Town in the Derbyshire Senior Cup[6] and a brace in a 5–0 win over Buxton in the final of the same competition.[7] Throughout the campaign, Hendrick impressed enough to earn a contract extension at Derby, which he signed in January 2011 to take him through until Summer 2012.[8]


Approaching the end of the 2010–11 campaign, Derby manager Nigel Clough stated his desire to give Hendrick a run in the first team, stating "(He's) progressed and done well this season...we would love to see him in the team for three or four games."[9] Hendrick made his debut in the following match on 23 April 2011, as an 80th-minute replacement for Robbie Savage in a 4–2 home defeat to Burnley.[10]

Ahead of the 2011–12 season, Rams manager Nigel Clough stated that Hendrick would feature in the Derby County first team squad more often. Hendrick was allocated the squad number of 23.[11] Despite missing the majority of Derby's pre-season due to his call-up to the European under-19 tournament,[12] Hendrick was involved in first team duty from the start of the campaign, making substitute appearances in the season's opening two games, against Birmingham City and Watford. He then claimed a place in the starting line-up from the third game (a 1–0 win at Blackpool) onward. He scored his first professional goal in his fifth start of the season, claiming the winner in a 2–1 victory at local rivals Nottingham Forest.[13] His performance earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week[14] and his rich vein of form followed into the next game, a 3–0 thumping of Millwall, in which Hendrick grabbed his first goal at Pride Park and secured a second consecutive Team of the Week place.[15]

Hendrick's form saw him linked with switches to Premier League duo Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.[16] The speculation saw Derby enter into contract talks with the midfielder over a new four-year deal[16] but his form tailed off badly (as did Derby's) over the subsequent six weeks, culminating in his substitution in a 2–0 home defeat to Hull City on 19 November 2011, the first time in his young career he had been removed from a game early after being in the starting eleven, with Clough suggesting that the contract talks and Hendrick getting "people" had had a negative effect on his game.[17] In December 2011, Hendrick signed a new three-and-a-half year contract, extending his stay at the Pride Park club until the summer of 2015.[18]

Hendrick missed Derby's Christmas & New Year programme of fixtures with an ankle ligament injury in a 1–0 defeat against Ipswich Town.[19] Hendrick returned to the first team squad as an unused substitute in a 1–0 win against Coventry City on 14 January 2012,[20] returning to playing action a week later in the 0–0 draw at Burnley as a 47th-minute substitute.[21] Hendrick started every game for the remainder of the season after this game, displacing James Bailey in central midfield. He scored his third goal of the season in a 3–2 home win against Crystal Palace on 24 March 2012.[22] Hendrick's form throughout the season was rewarded when he won the club's Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year award.[23]

Hendrick started the 2012–13 season in the starting eleven but after poor performances and scoring only once in his first 17 games, Hendrick was dropped for Michael Jacobs. However he regained his place shortly after due to an injury picked up by Craig Bryson after admitting his poor performances in mid-December.[24] Hendrick's form improved[24] and he scored his second goal of the season in a 2–0 win at Bristol City on 15 December 2012.[25] Hendrick started 2013 in good form, scoring three goals in the opening three games,[26] including a goal against Middlesbrough in a 3–1 home win which was later named Derby's Goal of the Season.[27] Former Derby teammate Kevin Kilbane stated that Hendrick had the ability to play in the Premier League.[26]

On 9 February 2013, Hendrick got another goal in the 2–2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday.[28] Hendrick earned further praise for his performance in Derby's 3–0 win at home to Bristol City on 29 March 2013, where he scored the opening goal.[29] Hendrick finished the season runner-up for the Derby County Player of the Season Award and named the 58th best player in the 2012–13 Football League Championship by the Actim Index.[30]

Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Hendrick was set to compete with Craig Bryson, Paul Coutts and Will Hughes for a starting berth, with Nigel Clough stating that rotation could be utilised.[31] Hendrick started in Derby's first five games, before succumbing to a chipped ankle bone injury in Derby's 3–0 win at Yeovil Town in late August, with a scan revealing damage worse than expected[32] and was later ruled out for 12 weeks.[33]


On 26 June 2014, Hendrick agreed a new four-year contract with Derby County, which would keep him at the club until the end of the 2017–18 season.[34] He enjoyed his most fruitful season to date in terms of goalscoring as he netted a total of nine goals in 47 matches in all competitions. Hendrick scored his first goal of the 2015–16 season in the 2–2 draw away at Leeds United on 29 December 2015.[35] He scored his second of the season in the 3–1 away win against Brentford on 20 February 2016.[36]

After missing seven league matches due to a thigh injury, Hendrick returned for the final league match against Ipswich on 7 May 2016 but was an unused substitute.[37] Derby finished in fifth place in the Championship and qualified for the play-offs where they would meet Hull in the semi-final.[38] Hendrick was again an unused substitute in the semi-final first leg but returned to the starting line-up for the second leg and played the full 90 minutes as Derby lost 3–2 on aggregate to the Tigers.[39]

Hendrick's 2016–17 season did not get off to a good start as he picked up a hamstring injury in the 2–0 loss to Barnsley on 13 August 2016.[40]


On 31 August 2016, Hendrick joined Premier League side Burnley for a club record £10.5 million fee.[41] He made his debut ten days later, coming on as a 75th-minute substitute in a 1–1 draw at home to Hull City.[42] He made his first start for Burnley on 17 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–0 away defeat against reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.[43][44] Nine days later, Hendrick scored his first goal for Burnley in a 2–0 home win over Watford with a header from a Steven Defour cross.[45]

International career[edit]

Born in Dublin, Hendrick has been capped by Ireland at under-15, under-16, under-17, under-18, under-19 and under-21 levels.[46][47] He was shortlisted for the Republic of Ireland under-17 level International Player of the Year award in July 2010.[48] He played a key role in the U19s successful 2011 European Under-19 Championship qualifying campaign putting in a "string of impressive displays" as he featured in all three group games and notched the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win over Poland U19s.[49] In July 2011, Hendrick was named in the squad for the European Under-19 Championships.[12] He started in all four of Ireland's games at the tournament as they were knocked out in the semi-final stage to Spain.[50]

Upon his return from the tournament, Hendrick was called up to the Irish U21 squad for the first time.[51] He made his debut in a 2–1 victory against Austria U21s on 9 August 2011.[52]

In January 2013, it was reported that Ireland head coach Giovanni Trappatoni was watching Hendrick with the view to giving the player his first call-up to the senior side[26] and later in the month Hendrick was called up to the senior squad to play in a friendly against Poland on 6 February 2013.[53] Hendrick came on as a 71st-minute substitute for James McCarthy in the 2–0 win and provided an assist for Wes Hoolahan for Ireland's second goal in this game, showing fantastic composure in doing so with a perfectly weighted pass.[54] Hendrick received his first Ireland start in his fourth cap, in a game against World and European Champions Spain on 12 June 2013 at the Yankee Stadium, New York City.[55] He played a starring role in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Georgia in the Aviva Stadium on 7 September 2015. His run and nutmeg set up an easy finish for Jonathan Walters which proved to be the only goal of the game.[56]

Hendrick started in all four of Ireland's matches at Euro 2016.[57] He hit the crossbar against Sweden[58] and was unlucky not to score against Italy.[59] He earned much praise for his performances as he played a vital role in securing qualification to the knockout stages of the championship.[60][61][62] Ireland eventually lost 2–1 to hosts France in the Round of 16.[63]

Hendrick scored his first goal for Ireland on 5 September 2016. He opened the scoring in the third minute in the 2–2 away draw against Serbia in a 2018 World Cup qualifying match with a low shot just outside the penalty area which was deflected in off Branislav Ivanović.[64]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 26 September 2016
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
Derby County 2010–11[65] Championship 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2011–12[66] Championship 42 3 1 0 0 0 43 3
2012–13[67] Championship 45 6 2 1 0 0 47 7
2013–14[68] Championship 30 4 1 0 1 0 3[a] 1 35 5
2014–15[69] Championship 41 7 2 0 4 2 47 9
2015–16[70] Championship 32 2 1 0 1 0 1[a] 0 35 2
2016–17[71] Championship 2 0 1 0 3 0
Total 196 22 7 1 7 2 4 1 214 26
Burnley 2016–17[71] Premier League 3 1 0 0 3 1
Total 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 199 23 7 1 7 2 4 1 217 27
  1. ^ a b Appearances in Championship play-offs


As of match played 5 September 2016[72]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Republic of Ireland 2013 4 0
2014 7 0
2015 8 0
2016 8 1
Total 27 1

International goals[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2016

Ireland score listed first, score column indicates score after each Hendrick goal.[73]

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 5 September 2016 Red Star Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia 27  Serbia 1–0 2–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [74]



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