Regan Poole

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Regan Poole
Personal information
Full name Regan Leslie Poole[1]
Date of birth (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 21)[2]
Place of birth Cardiff, Wales
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.84 m)[3]
Playing position Centre back[4]
Club information
Current team
Milton Keynes Dons
Number 5
Youth career
0000–2014 Cardiff City
2014 Newport County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2015 Newport County 15 (0)
2015–2019 Manchester United 0 (0)
2017–2018Northampton Town (loan) 22 (0)
2019Newport County (loan) 20 (0)
2019– Milton Keynes Dons 4 (0)
National team
2014 Wales U17 6 (0)
2016 Wales U19 3 (0)
2017– Wales U20 3 (0)
2016– Wales U21 19 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:12, 17 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:38, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Regan Leslie Poole (born 18 June 1998) is a Welsh professional footballer who plays as a centre back for League One club Milton Keynes Dons.

Early life[edit]

Poole was born in Cardiff, Glamorgan.[5]

Club career[edit]

Newport County[edit]

Poole was a member of the Cardiff City academy and joined the Newport County Academy as a scholar in June 2014. In September 2014, he was on trial at Manchester United before he had made his debut for the Newport County first team.[6] His Newport County debut came on 20 September 2014, at the age of 16 years and 94 days, when he was named in the starting line-up for a League Two match against Shrewsbury Town which ended in a 0–0 draw.[7] Poole became the youngest Newport County player, surpassing the record set by Steve Aizlewood in 1969. He retained his place for the EFL Trophy first round match against Swindon Town on 23 September 2014. Swindon won the game 2–1.[8] In February 2015, Poole was shortlisted for the Football League Apprentice of the Year award.[9] On 18 May 2015, Poole had a one-week trial with Liverpool.[10]

Manchester United[edit]

On 1 September 2015, Newport County confirmed Poole had joined Premier League club Manchester United for an initial fee of £100,000, potentially rising to £400,000 with future add-ons.[11][12] It was assumed that Poole would join the club's Academy squad and "possibly be required for Under-21 and UEFA Youth League" matches.[13] On 7 October, it was reported that Poole had yet to receive international clearance to move from Wales to England, and consequently was unable to play in a competitive match for Manchester United.[14] On 1 February 2016, five months after joining Manchester United, Poole received international clearance and was free to play competitive football;[15] that evening he appeared as an 89th-minute substitute for the under-21 side in a 2–0 defeat to Everton.[16]

Poole was included in Manchester United's squad for the knockout phase of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League and given the number 41 shirt. He was an unused substitute in their last 32 first leg match away to Midtjylland on 18 February; in the home leg a week later he made his United debut as a last-minute substitute for Ander Herrera in a 5–1 win.[17]

Loans[edit]

On 7 July 2017, Poole agreed a season-long loan deal with League One side Northampton Town, where he would reunite with manager Justin Edinburgh, who gave Poole his Newport County debut three years earlier.[18] Poole's debut for Northampton came on 12 August in a 1–0 defeat to Fleetwood Town at Sixfields.[19] While naturally a defender, after the appointment of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as manager on 4 September, Poole featured regularly as a midfielder – a position he has played in for the Manchester United Reserves, first doing so against Wigan Athletic on 19 September.[20]

Poole was a regular in the Manchester United reserve team during the 2018–19 season, but was unable to break into the first team and on 18 January 2019 he returned to Newport County on loan for the remainder of the season.[21]

Milton Keynes Dons[edit]

Following his release from Manchester United, on 14 June 2019 Poole signed for newly promoted League One club Milton Keynes Dons on a free transfer on a contract of undisclosed length.[22]

International career[edit]

In October 2014, Poole was named in the Wales Under-17 squad for the matches against Russia, Belarus and Montenegro. He was an unused substitute in the first two games, but made his debut in the third against Montenegro in Minsk, when he started the 2–1 win.[23] In November 2015, Poole was named in the Wales under-19 squad for the Euro Under-19 qualifying matches against Georgia, Albania and Austria.[citation needed]

In August 2016 Poole was promoted to the Wales Under-21 squad for the 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches against Denmark and Luxembourg in September 2016 in place of the injured Lee Evans. In May 2017, Poole was named in the Wales under-20 squad for the 2017 Toulon Tournament. He was named in the starting line-up in all three of Wales' group matches against the Ivory Coast, France and Bahrain as Wales were eliminated in the group stage.[24][25][26]

He was named in a preliminary senior Wales squad in May 2018 for a friendly against Mexico but was left out of the final selection.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 20 August 2019
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
Newport County 2014–15[28] League Two 11 0 0 0 0 0 1[a] 0 12 0
2015–16[29] League Two 4 0 1 0 5 0
Total 15 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 17 0
Manchester United 2015–16[29] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1[b] 0 1 0
2016–17[30] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18[31] Premier League 0 0 0 0
2018–19[32] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Northampton Town (loan) 2017–18[31] League One 22 0 1 0 0 0 1[c] 0 24 0
Newport County (loan) 2018–19[32] League Two 20 0 3 0 3[d] 0 26 0
Milton Keynes Dons 2019–20[33] League One 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 59 0 4 0 2 0 6 0 71 0
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in UEFA Europa League
  3. ^ Appearance in EFL Trophy
  4. ^ Appearances in League Two play-offs

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Regan Poole". 11v11.com. AFS Enterprises. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Regan Poole". Milton Keynes Dons F.C. Retrieved 24 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Regan Poole". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  5. ^ Luckhurst, Samuel (9 March 2016). "Manchester United defender Regan Poole can become new Rio Ferdinand". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  6. ^ Poole trial at Manchester United
  7. ^ Poole Newport County debut
  8. ^ Poole v Swindon
  9. ^ Poole shortlisted for Football League award
  10. ^ Poole trial at Liverpool
  11. ^ "We Are Exiles Forum". Newport County AFC Trust. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Regan Poole secures a switch to Manchester United". Newport County A.F.C. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  13. ^ "Manchester United sign Regan Poole". Manchester United F.C. 1 September 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  14. ^ Penman, Andrew (7 October 2015). "Red tape delays Man Utd debut for ex-County teen Regan Poole". South Wales Argus. Newport. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  15. ^ Penman, Andrew (1 February 2016). "Former Newport County star Regan Poole finally cleared to play for Manchester United". South Wales Argus. Newport. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  16. ^ Butler, Cliff (1 February 2016). "Under-21s: Everton 2 United 0". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  17. ^ Johnston, Neil (25 February 2016). "Manchester United 5–1 FC Midtjylland". BBC Sport. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  18. ^ Marshall, Adam (7 July 2017). "United defender Poole agrees loan move". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Northampton Town 0–1 Fleetwood Town". BBC Sport. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Wigan Athletic 1–0 Northampton Town". BBC Sport. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  21. ^ Marshall, Adam (18 January 2019). "Poole heads to Newport County on loan". Manchester United F.C. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  22. ^ "Regan Poole: MK Dons sign former Manchester United defender". BBC Sport. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  23. ^ Poole called up for Wales Under 17
  24. ^ "Wales U20 2–2 Cote D'Ivoire". Foot Espoirs. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Toulon Tournament: France U20 0–0 Wales U20". BBC Sport. 30 May 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Toulon Tournament: Wales U20 1–0 Bahrain U20". BBC Sport. 2 June 2017.
  27. ^ "Hal Robson-Kanu not included in Wales squad for Mexico friendly". BBC Sport. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Games played by Regan Poole in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Games played by Regan Poole in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  30. ^ "Games played by Regan Poole in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  31. ^ a b "Games played by Regan Poole in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  32. ^ a b "Games played by Regan Poole in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  33. ^ "Games played by Regan Poole in 2019/2020". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

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