Paul George (footballer)

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Paul George
Personal information
Full name Paul George
Date of birth (1994-01-27) 27 January 1994 (age 23)
Place of birth Killough, Northern Ireland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Free Agent
Youth career
2008–2011 Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Celtic 6 (9)
2014 Hamilton Academical (loan) 6 (0)
2015 Dunfermline Athletic 4 (0)
2015–2016 Cliftonville 14 (1)
2016–2017 Ballarat Red Devils 7 (2)
National team
2009 Northern Ireland U16 6 (4)
2010 Northern Ireland U17 3 (1)
2011 Republic of Ireland U17 3 (2)
2011–2013 Republic of Ireland U19 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 October 2011

Paul George (born 27 January 1994) is a Northern Irish professional footballer who last played for Ballarat Red Devils in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2.

George has previously played for Scottish sides Celtic, Hamilton, and Dunfermline Athletic; he has also represented both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland at youth levels.

Career[edit]

George joined the Celtic youth squad in 2008[1] and made his senior debut on 21 September 2011 when he came on as a late substitute in a 2–0 League Cup victory over Ross County.[2] He suffered a broken leg on 7 April 2012, following a challenge by a Rangers player in a U19 Old Firm match. Celtic initially announced that he could be out for between six and eight months following the injury.[3] Despite the injury, George's performances over the course of the season saw him win the Under 19 League Player of the Season award.[4]

After recovering from this injury, George joined Scottish Championship club Hamilton Academical on loan in January 2014[5] and made 14 appearances in total.[6] He returned to Celtic at the end of the season but an injury in pre-season training saw George miss a substantial part of the start of the 2014-15 season.[7] He made a handful of appearances for the Development Side[7] before being released by Celtic in January 2015.[8]

In February 2015, George appeared as a trialist for Dunfermline Athletic in a Fife Cup match against Cowdenbeath.[9] After impressing manager John Potter with his performance, the Pars signed George until the end of the season.[8][10] George was released at the end of the season, after making only 4 appearances for the side.[11]

After having trials at Derry City and Glentoran,[12] George signed for Cliftonville in October 2015.[13] In June 2016, George signed for Australian side Ballarat Red Devils[14] playing in the National Premier Leagues Victoria 2 West.

International career[edit]

Killough born George started his international career with Northern Ireland, earning three under-17 caps. In 2011, he switched allegiance to the Republic of Ireland earning under-17 and under-19 caps.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 26 September 2016
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Celtic 2011–12 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2013–14 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
Dunfermline Athletic 2014–15 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Ballarat Red Devils 2016[16] 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2
Career Total 17 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 2

Honours[edit]

Celtic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U19s – The Players". Celtic FC. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ross County 0–2 Celtic". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Paul George injury update". Celtic FC. 8 April 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Clydesdale Bank Premier League awards 2011/12". SPFL. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Celtic midfielder Paul George moves to Hamilton on loan". BBC Sport. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "P. George". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  7. ^ a b McHugh, Joe. "Paul George returns to face Everton" (25 November 2015). Video Celts. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Dunfermline sign Paul George". The Courier. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Potter interested in Boy George". dafc.co.uk. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dunfermline Athletic sign former Celtic winger Paul George until the end of the season". Dunfermline Press. 10 February 2015. Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "18 Pars players released". DAFC.co.uk. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Glentoran and Derry fight for ex-Celtic player Paul George". Belfast Telegraph. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ex-Celtic winger Paul George signs for Cliftonville". BBC. BBC Sport. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  14. ^ http://www.cornerflag.com.au/ballarat-bring-in-former-bhoy-george/
  15. ^ "Northern Ireland anger as Republic picks Celtic's Paul George". Belfast Telegraph. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ballarat Red Devils competition stats". SportsTG. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 

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