Dawkins for the San Jose Earthquakes in 2011
|Full name||Simon Jonathan Dawkins|
|Date of birth||1 December 1987|
|Place of birth||Edgware, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|2008–2009||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||11||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ San Jose Earthquakes (loan)||53||(14)|
|2013||→ Aston Villa (loan)||4||(0)|
|2013–2014||→ Derby County (loan)||13||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 August 2015.
Dawkins joined the Tottenham Hotspur academy in 2004 and featured regularly in the reserves but was unable to break through into the first team. He joined Leyton Orient on loan before the start of the 2008–09 season.
His first team debut was delayed after picking up an ankle injury in a friendly match, coincidentally, against parent club Tottenham. He made his first league appearance on 16 August 2008, coming on as a substitute against Peterborough United, and made his cup debut in the Football League Trophy on 2 September where they beat Southend United 4–2. His loan period ended on 3 January 2009.
On 1 June 2009, Dawkins was released from his Tottenham Hotspur contract. He subsequently had a trial with French club RC Strasbourg, but he later returned to Tottenham on a non-contract basis while recovering from injury. A contract was dependent upon his proven fitness at start of the 2010–11 season.
In August 2010, Dawkins went on trial with Celtic and subsequently had a trial with Bournemouth in early September 2010 due to a lack of fit strikers. On 14 September, he was injured in a Bournemouth reserve game against Plymouth Argyle. He continued to train with Tottenham, scoring in a training friendly against Milton Keynes Dons on 8 December.
Loan to San Jose Earthquakes
On 14 March 2011, Dawkins was rewarded with a contract by Tottenham Hotspur after impressing back at the club on trial, with his contract set to run until June 2013. He was then loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes the following day. He made his debut for the Earthquakes on 19 March in their first game of the 2011 MLS season, a 1–0 loss to Real Salt Lake. He scored his first goal for his new club on 2 April in a 2–2 draw with Seattle Sounders. In January 2012 he went on trial at Dutch side FC Twente but was not offered a contract.
Loan to Aston Villa
On the final day of the January 2013 transfer window, Dawkins signed on loan with Premier League club Aston Villa for the remainder of the 2012–13 season. On 10 February 2013, at the age of 25, he made his Premier League debut in a match against West Ham United, which Villa won 2–1.
On 14 October 2013, Dawkins joined Championship side Derby County on a week-long trial. After impressing in training during his trial, it was announced on 18 October 2013 that Dawkins would be extending his stay with the Rams by agreeing to a 93-day emergency loan. Dawkins made his first appearance for Derby on 19 October 2013, coming on as a replacement for Mason Bennett at the beginning of the second half. After a series of impressive performances for Derby, Head Coach Steve McClaren expressed his interest in signing Dawkins permanently in the January transfer window. A deal was reached with Tottenham and they agreed a £500,000 fee on 3 January 2014, with Dawkins agreeing to a two-and-a-half year deal. He thus became manager Steve McClaren's first permanent signing for Derby.
Dawkins made his international debut for Jamaica on 26 May 2014 against Serbia at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. He scored his first goal for Jamaica in a 2–2 draw with Egypt on 4 June 2014 at Leyton Orient.
- San Jose Earthquakes
- Major League Soccer Supporters Shield: 2012
- Major League Soccer Western Conference Regular Season Championship: 2012
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