Marcus Harness

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Marcus Harness
Personal information
Full name Marcus Anthony Myers-Harness[1]
Date of birth (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 23)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Portsmouth
Number 19
Youth career
Coventry City
2010–2013 Burton Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2019 Burton Albion 68 (5)
2015Ilkeston (loan)
2015–2016Aldershot Town (loan) 2 (0)
2017–2018Port Vale (loan) 35 (1)
2019– Portsmouth 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:00, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Marcus Anthony Myers-Harness (born 24 February 1996) is a footballer who plays as a winger for League One club Portsmouth.

He made his competitive first team debut for Burton Albion in September 2013, at the age of 17. He helped the club to win the League Two title in the 2014–15 season, and then had loan spells at Ilkeston and Aldershot Town, before he helped Burton to win promotion out of League One in 2015–16. He joined Port Vale on loan for the 2017–18 season. He signed for Portsmouth in July 2019.

Club career[edit]

Burton Albion[edit]

Harness spent time in the youth team at Coventry City, before switching to Burton Albion.[3] He made his first competitive appearance for Burton in a 1–0 defeat to Notts County at Meadow Lane in a League Trophy tie on 3 September 2013.[4] He made his league debut on 22 March 2014, coming on for Alex MacDonald 68 minutes into a 1–0 defeat to Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park.[5] He made his first league start on 3 May, in a 1–0 defeat to Southend United at Roots Hall; this was his fourth and final appearance of the 2013–14 campaign.[6]

He signed a two-year professional contract in May 2014.[7] Speaking two months later, manager Gary Rowett said that Harness had "bulked up" over the summer and "he’s one of those players who can go past people. Whether he can do that over a sustained period, we’ll only know when he gets opportunities."[8] On 27 August 2014, he was voted man of the match in Burton's 1–0 win over Premier League side Queens Park Rangers in a League Cup tie at the Pirelli Stadium; he won a free-kick on the edge of the box that was scored by Adam McGurk.[9] He played 22 games throughout the 2014–15 season as Burton won promotion as champions of League Two. However he featured in just four games in the second half of the campaign, despite manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink saying he was "doing really, really well in training".[10]

On 7 August 2015, he joined Northern Premier League Premier Division side Ilkeston on a one-month loan.[11] He was sent off during injury-time in a 4–3 win over Stourbridge on 23 August.[12] Manager Gavin Strachan extended his loan spell at the "Robins" until the new year after he made a positive start to the season.[13] However he was recalled by Burton so as to allow him a chance to play higher level football, and caretaker-manager Andy Watson said that "we were delighted to have had Marcus here and his loan deal wasn’t far from ending".[14] On 27 November 2015, Harness joined National League club Aldershot Town on a five-week loan.[15] However he made just two substitute appearances for Barry Smith's "Shots" during his spell at the Recreation Ground. He went on to make five substitute appearances for Burton as the club achieved promotion out of League One and he "impressed with his pace and direct running" during these games and was named as Burton's 'Most Improved Young Player' for the 2015–16 season, after which his contract was extended for a further year.[16][17][18] He played ten Championship matches in the 2016–17 season, and Albion took up a one-year extension to Harness's contract in May 2017.[19]

On 18 July 2017, he joined League Two side Port Vale on loan for the 2017–18 season.[20] Manager Neil Aspin played Harness just behind striker Tom Pope, in an attacking midfield role that demanded a lot of hard work.[21] He scored his first goal for the "Valiants" on 12 December, in a 3–2 defeat at Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, and said "it was good to finally get a goal, it has been a long time coming".[22] He scored his first league goal 11 days later to secure a point away at Colchester United, leading Aspin to say "he can only go from strength to strength now he is starting to chip in with goals".[23] He signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the "Brewers" in January.[24]

He scored his first goal for Burton in a 2–1 EFL Trophy defeat to Walsall on 4 September 2018.[25] On 5 January, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win at Rochdale.[26] Having successfully broken into Nigel Clough's first-team during the 2018–19 season, he totalled six goals in 39 games.[27]

Portsmouth[edit]

On 18 July 2019, Harness joined League One rivals Portsmouth on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.[28] He scored his first goal for "Pompey" in a 2–1 defeat at Sunderland on 17 August.[29]

International career[edit]

Harness declared his intention to represent the Republic of Ireland in July 2019.[30]

Style of play[edit]

Burton Mail reporter Joshua Murray described Harness as a pacey and skillful winger, who is right-footed but able to play on either flank or even at wing-back.[31]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 20 August 2019.
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season Division League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Burton Albion 2013–14[32] League Two 3 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
2014–15[33] League Two 18 0 1 0 2 0 1[a] 0 22 0
2015–16[34] League One 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2016–17[35] Championship 10 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 13 0
2017–18[36] Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018–19[37] League One 32 5 0 0 4 0 3[b] 1 39 6
Total 68 5 2 0 8 0 5 1 83 6
Aldershot Town (loan) 2015–16[27] National League 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Port Vale (loan) 2017–18[36] League Two 35 1 3 1 1 0 3[b] 0 42 2
Portsmouth 2019–20[38] League One 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 1
Career total[c] 109 7 5 1 10 0 10 1 132 9
  1. ^ a b Appearances in the Football League Trophy
  2. ^ a b Appearance(s) in the EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Statistics for Ilkeston not known.

Honours[edit]

Burton Albion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club list of registered players: As at 19th May 2018: Burton Albion" (PDF). English Football League. p. 11. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ "First Team - Midfielder - Marcus Myers-Harness". www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ Sloan, Tom (7 October 2014). "Burton Albion winger Marcus Harness relishing his chance at the Pirelli". Burton Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Notts County 1-0 Burton Albion". burtonalbionfc.co.uk. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ Leach, Sean (22 March 2014). "Report: Iron 1-0 Burton Albion". scunthorpe-united.co.uk. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Southend United 1-0 Burton Albion". BBC Sport. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Burton Albion deals for Lee Bell, Phil Edwards and Dean Lyness". BBC Sport. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  8. ^ Broome, David (23 July 2014). "Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett encouraged by Brewers youngster Marcus Harness". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Burton's Adam McGurk cuts mighty QPR down to size". The Guardian. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  10. ^ Sloan, Tom (18 April 2015). "Burton Albion boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has grand ideas for Matty Palmer". Burton Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  11. ^ Wilkinson, Ashley (7 August 2015). "Burton Albion youngster Marcus Harness joins Ilkeston on one-month loan". Burton Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Ilkeston FC: Marcus Harness sees red as Robins win seven-goal thriller". Derby Telegraph. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Strachan: We're learning so much from every game". Ilkeston Advertiser. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Watson: Naivety proved costly at Workington". Ilkeston Advertiser. 3 December 2015. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  15. ^ "Marcus Harness: Aldershot Town sign Burton winger on loan". BBC Sport. 27 November 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  16. ^ Wilkinsons, Ashley (4 April 2016). "Marcus Harness making an impact for Burton Albion". Burton Mail. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  17. ^ Wilkinson, Ashley (4 May 2016). "Burton Albion: Stuart Beavon is Brewers Player of the Year, again". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  18. ^ "Burton Albion: Robbie Weir & Shane Cansdell-Sherriff among players released". BBC Sport. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Jon McLaughlin: Burton goalkeeper among five released by Brewers". BBC Sport. 10 May 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  20. ^ Baggaley, Mike (18 July 2017). "Deal done! Port Vale sign Marcus Harness from Burton Albion". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  21. ^ Baggaley, Michael (14 November 2017). "Marcus Harness determined to make hard work pay off at Port Vale". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  22. ^ Baggaley, Michael (16 December 2017). "Marcus Harness says he needs to earn a regular Port Vale place". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 16 December 2017.
  23. ^ Baggaley, Michael (24 December 2017). "Port Vale boss Neil Aspin says Marcus Harness can go from strength to strength". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Marcus Harness: Burton Albion winger signs new contract". BBC Sport. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Burton 1-2 Walsall". saddlers.co.uk. 4 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Rochdale 0-4 Burton Albion: Marcus Harness scores hat-trick for Brewers". BBC Sport. 5 January 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  27. ^ a b c d Marcus Harness at Soccerway
  28. ^ "Marcus Harness: Portsmouth sign Burton Albion winger". BBC Sport. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  29. ^ "Sunderland 2-1 Portsmouth". BBC. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  30. ^ "Scouting Report: Harness to declare for Ireland | Football Association of Ireland". www.fai.ie. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  31. ^ Baggaley, Mike (18 July 2017). "Scouting report: Port Vale's signing from Burton Marcus Harness". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  32. ^ "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  33. ^ "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  36. ^ a b "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  38. ^ "Games played by Marcus Harness in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 July 2017.

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