Michael Drennan

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Michael Drennan
Personal information
Full name Michael Joseph Drennan[1]
Date of birth (1994-02-02) 2 February 1994 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Kilkenny, Ireland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
St Patrick's Athletic
Number 9
Youth career
Evergreen
2010–2011 Aston Villa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Aston Villa 0 (0)
2014Carlisle United (loan) 6 (0)
2014Portsmouth (loan) 14 (3)
2015–2016 Shamrock Rovers 37 (12)
2018 Sligo Rovers 13 (6)
2018– St Patrick's Athletic 1 (1)
National team
2010 Republic of Ireland U16
2010 Republic of Ireland U17 3 (1)
2012 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (4)
2014–2016 Republic of Ireland U21 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:42, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 09:10, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

Michael Joseph 'Mikey' Drennan (born 2 February 1994) is an Irish footballer who plays professionally as a striker for St Patrick's Athletic. Drennan has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level and won the Football Association of Ireland's Under-16 International Player of the Year in 2010. Drennan was scouted by then Premier League side Aston Villa and spent five years in their youth and reserve sides where he was loaned out to English Football League sides Carlisle United and Portsmouth. He returned to Ireland, playing for Shamrock Rovers and local side Evergreen FC before signing for Sligo Rovers in June 2018.

Career[edit]

Aston Villa[edit]

Born in Kilkenny, Drennan began his career in hometown's Evergreen FC, playing for the youth side until before moving to Aston Villa in June 2010, after being tracked by Villa and Manchester City since January.[3] In his first season, he impressed for the Academy side, scoring ten goals (also one with the Reserves), and signed a professional deal in March of the following year.[4]

Drennan appeared 13 times for the reserves in 2011–12 season, also appearing four times in the NextGen Series and scoring a brace against Rosenborg. In the 2012–13 season, he played a key part for the Reserves both in U21 Development League and in NextGen Series, also being the second top goalscorer for the NextGen, despite being injured for the latter stages of the tournament.[5] His foot injury (suffered in a NextGen game against Ajax), kept him sidelined for nine months.[6]

On 17 January 2014 Drennan joined Carlisle United on a one-month youth loan deal,[7] and made his debut as a substitute in a 2–4 home loss to Colchester United the following day.[8] He returned to Villa in February after appearing six times for Carlisle, starting in three matches.

On 21 February 2014, Drennan joined League Two side Portsmouth on a one-month loan.[9] Drennan scored on his league debut in a 5–1 defeat against Scunthorpe United on 22 February 2014.[10] On 24 March 2014, Drennan extended his loan stay with Pompey for the remainder of the 2013–14 season.[11]

Return to Ireland[edit]

On 30 January 2015, Drennan returned to his home country, signing for League of Ireland side, Shamrock Rovers on a two-year deal.[12] In 2016 Drennan took a break from football with depression, taking work in his native Kilkenny and playing for the local hurling side James Stephens GAA and local junior football side Evergreen where he began his career, he stated he might return to Shamrock Rovers in January 2017.[13] However, Drennan continued playing for Evergreen on their run to the FAI Junior Cup final, including a goal in the quarter-final against Kilmallock.[14][15]

Career statistics[edit]

Professional appearances – correct as of 21 February 2019.[16]

Club Division Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa Premier League 2013–14 0 0 0[a] 0 0[b] 0 0 0
2014–15 0 0 0[a] 0 0[b] 0 0 0
Carlisle United (loan) EFL League One 2013–14 6 0 0[a] 0 0[b] 0 0[c] 0 27 5
Portsmouth (loan) EFL League Two 2013–14 10 3 0[a] 0 0[b] 0 0[c] 0 10 3
Portsmouth (loan) EFL League Two 2014–15 4 0 0[a] 0 0[b] 0 0[c] 0 4 0
Portsmouth Total 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
Shamrock Rovers League of Ireland Premier Division 2015 29 12 1[d] 0 1[e] 0 4[f] 0 0[g] 0 35 12
2016 8 0 0[d] 0 0[e] 0 0[f] 0 0[g] 0 8 0
Shamrock Rovers Total 37 12 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 43 12
Sligo Rovers League of Ireland Premier Division 2018 13 6 1[d] 0 1[e] 0 2[h] 3 17 9
St Patrick's Athletic 2019 1 1 0[d] 0 0[e] 0 0[g] 0 1 1
Career Total 71 22 2 0 2 0 4 0 2 3 81 25
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in FA Cup
  2. ^ a b c d e Appearances in EFL Cup
  3. ^ a b c Appearances in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ a b c d Appearances in FAI Cup
  5. ^ a b c d Appearances in League of Ireland Cup
  6. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  7. ^ a b c Appearances in Leinster Senior Cup
  8. ^ Appearances in Scottish Challenge Cup

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Aston Villa Under-19s
Aston Villa Reserves

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 35. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Michael Drennan". 11v11. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  3. ^ "'Villa move looms as Drennan stars for Ireland". Kilkenny People. Archived from the original on 24 February 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Michael Drennan turns pro at Aston Villa". Tribal Football. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Aston Villa Under-21s". www.avfc.com. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Villa management welcomes back fit-again Drennan". Tribal Football. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Transfer Window: Carlisle sign Aston Villa's Michael Drennan". BBC Sport. 17 January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Carlisle 2–4 Colchester". BBC Sport. 18 January 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Drennan Arrives on Loan". Portsmouth FC. 21 February 2014.
  10. ^ "Scunthorpe 5–1 Portsmouth". BBC. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Drennan Extends Pompey Loan". Portsmouth FC. 24 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Welcome Mikey Drennan". Shamrock Rovers. Shamrock Rovers. Archived from the original on 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  13. ^ "'I walked out of dressing room and started crying' - Shamrock Rovers star opens up on depression battle". Irish Independent. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Killarney Celtic to face Sheriff YC in FAI Junior Cup semi-finals". Football Association of Ireland. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Holden: Time for Evergreen to give their best". Kilkenny People. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  16. ^ "Republic of Ireland – G.Poynton". Ie.soccerway.com. Retrieved 2018-12-13.

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