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Aaron Wildig

Aaron Wildig
Shrewsbury Town38(2)
National team
2008Wales U163(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Aaron Keith Wildig (born 15 April 1992)[1] is an English professional footballer who plays for Shrewsbury Town in the Football League One.

Club career

Cardiff City

Wildig was born in Hereford, but began his career at Cardiff City, making his way through the club's youth system, including captaining the under-18 side.[2][3] In April 2009, Wildig signed a professional contract at the club,[4] before going on to make his professional debut at the start of the 2009–10 season, replacing Miguel Comminges during a 3–1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in the first round of the League Cup on 11 August.[5] He made two more appearances in the competition for Cardiff, in the second round win over Bristol Rovers and the third round defeat to Aston Villa. His league debut came nearly three months later when he replaced Riccardo Scimeca at half time during a 2–0 win over West Bromwich Albion on 8 December.[6] He made his first start on 12 January 2010 in the FA Cup tie with rivals Bristol City,[7] and then made his first league start on 16 January against Scunthorpe United. During his next league appearance, Wildig scored the first professional goal of his career during a 5–1 defeat to Newcastle United.[8]

He moved on loan to Scottish Premier League club Hamilton Academical on 25 January 2011 until the end of the season.[9] He made his debut 4 days later in a 1–1 draw with Kilmarock[10] and made 3 more appearances before returning at the end of the season.

On 8 November 2011, he joined League Two side Shrewsbury Town on a loan.[11] He made his debut for the club on 12 November, in a FA Cup match against Newport County. He scored his first goal on 19 November, in a 7–2 win over Northampton Town, however he suffered an ankle injury in the following game, which kept him out fort the rest of the month. He extended his loan by an extra month on 8 December.[12] On 17 January 2012, Wildig extended the loan again till the end of the season.[13] Following a late season surge in form, he impressed Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner and following the club's promotion to League One, Turner offered Wildig a contract at Shrewsbury.[14]

On 21 May 2012, Wildig was released by Cardiff along with six of his fellow players.[15] He had spent a total of four years at the club, but he was not part of the future plans of new manager Malky Mackay.

Shrewsbury Town

On 29 May 2012, Wildig agreed a deal to join Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer.[16] He made his debut as a contracted Shrewsbury player on 11 August 2012, in a League Cup match against Leeds United, where he was a substitute for fellow former Cardiff City player Joe Jacobson.[17] He went on to make 21 league appearances that season, scoring once against Bury.[18]

Wildig signed a one year contract extension on 21 May 2013.[19]

International career

Despite being born in England, Wildig instead chose to play for Wales and represented the Under-16 side.[4][20] It was later discovered, however, that Wildig did not qualify for Wales as his only Welsh relative is a great-great grandfather and the international ruling on familial linkage only allows qualification through a parent or grandparent.[21]

Club statistics

Club Season League League National Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Cardiff City 2009–10 Championship 11 1 3 0 3 0 0 0 17 1
2010–11 Championship 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2010–11 Scottish Premier League 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Cardiff City 2011–12 Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2011–12 League Two 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
Shrewsbury Town 2012–13 League One 21 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 24 1
2013–14 League One 17 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 20 2
Career total 66 5 8 0 6 1 2 0 82 6

Last update: 24 November 2013

Footnotes

A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the Football League Trophy.

Honours

Cardiff City
2010
Shrewsbury Town
2011–12

References

External links

  • Soccerbase
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