|Full name||Niall David Stephen Canavan|
|Date of birth||11 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Bramley, Leeds, England|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|2011||→ Shrewsbury Town (loan)||3||(0)|
|2011–2012||Republic of Ireland U21||7||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:52, 5 October 2015 (UTC).
Born in Bramley, West Yorkshire, Canavan was spotted by Youth scout Jeff Daws, the brother of Head of Youth Development Tony Daws,whilst playing for Leeds City Boys U15's in a game against Doncaster City Boys. Canavan made his U19 Youth Team debut against York City towards the end of the 2004–05 season; whilst only 14 years of age. Canavan played for the Youth Team for 4 seasons before taking up the armband of youth team captain as a second year apprentice. He was given a trial at Liverpool whilst in the reserve squad.
Canavan signed his first professional contract in April 2009 for Scunthorpe United. He made his first team debut on 22 August 2009 in a 4–0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, replacing Robert Jones on 28 minutes. Three days later he scored his first goal, in a 2–1 League Cup win at Swansea City. He attended St. Mary's Menston. He is a first team regular playing in both League and Cup matches. He has most notably played against Manchester United and Manchester City twice.
Canavan missed just one match in Scunthorpe's promotion winning season in 2013-14 and formed a defensive partnership with David Mirfin. As a consequence of this successful season, Canavan signed a new 2-year contract on 29 May 2014.
- "List of Players under Written Contract Registered Between 01/05/2010 and 31/05/2010" (PDF). The Football Association. Retrieved 2010-06-30.
- Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 524. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8.
- "Iron youth quartet offered deals". BBC Sport. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- "Swansea 1 – 2 Scunthorpe". BBC Sport. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- "Niall Canavan signs new contract". BBC Sport. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-30.
- http://www.scunthorpe-united.co.uk/page/News/0,,10442~2322053,00.html. Missing or empty
- "Late goals shade it for Portugal U21s". The Football Association of Ireland. 26 March 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- Niall Canavan profile at the Scunthorpe United website
- Niall Canavan career statistics at Soccerbase
- Republic of Ireland profile at Soccer Scene
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