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Bradley Paul Dack (born 31 December 1993) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Blackburn Rovers.

Bradley Dack
Personal information
Full name Bradley Paul Dack[1]
Date of birth (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Greenwich, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Blackburn Rovers
Number 23
Youth career
2005–2007 Charlton Athletic
2007 Corinthian
2007–2012 Gillingham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2017 Gillingham 160 (31)
2013Braintree Town (loan) 4 (1)
2017– Blackburn Rovers 84 (33)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2019 (UTC)

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Early careerEdit

Dack was born in the London Borough of Greenwich, and attended Beths Grammar School in Bexley.[3] His first academy side was Charlton Athletic, where he spent three years before being released at the age of 14.[4] Following his release he returned to play youth football with Corinthian in the Kent Youth League.[5]

CareerEdit

GillinghamEdit

Dack then joined Gillingham in 2008 and started a three-year scholarship in 2010 with Gillingham, signing his first professional contract in May 2012.[6] He enjoyed a prolific pre-season in 2012 including a four-goal haul against Royal Engineers,[7] which attracted attention from Gillingham manager Martin Allen,[8] leading to his professional debut on 14 August 2012, in a 2–1 victory over Bristol City in the Football League Cup.[9]

He made his league debut against Bradford City on 18 August 2012, being narrowly denied a late goal by the upright.[10] He scored his first senior goal on 4 September 2012 in the Football League Trophy away to Crawley Town and signed a new three-year contract the following day.[11]

Dack received his first red card as a professional for violent conduct against Southend United on 18 September 2012, having come on as substitute, after first winning a penalty.[12]

On 3 January 2013, Dack moved on a one-month loan to Football Conference side Braintree Town.[13] He was named as Gillingham's Young Player of the Season at the end of the 2012–13 season, having made 20 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 2 goals.[14]

On 16 April 2014, Dack signed a new four-year deal keeping him contracted at Gillingham until June 2018.[15]

He was named Gillingham's Young Player of the Year, Sponsor's Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2014–15 season, having scored 10 goals in 50 appearances in all competitions.[16][17]

In the 2015–16 season Dack was Gillingham's top goalscorer, with 15 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions and 11 assists in the league.[18][19] In the January 2016 transfer window he was reportedly the subject of three bids, including one of £2 million, from Championship side Bristol City, but all three were rejected by the club.[20]

At the 2015–16 Football League Awards Dack won the League One Player of the Season award and was named in the Football League Team of the Season.[21] The same season he was also named as Gillingham's Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Sponsor's Player of the Year.[22]

In the 2016–17 season he was named as Gillingham's Young Player of the Season for the third year running.[23] He finished the season with 6 goals in 39 appearances.[24]

Blackburn RoversEdit

On 27 June 2017 he signed for League One side Blackburn Rovers for an initial fee of £750,000.[25] He scored his first goal for the club against Shrewsbury Town on 23 September 2017.[26] In his first season for the club he scored 18 goals in 42 league appearances and won the EFL League One Player of the Season award.[27]

Style of playEdit

An attacking midfielder, Dack has described himself as adopting a "free role behind the two strikers in the final third to go and pick up the ball, get into good positions and create and score goals".[28][29]

Dack's manager at Gillingham between 2015–2017, Justin Edinburgh, has described him as "the catalyst of [our] team..full of energy, he is tenacious, he has quality and he is a top player – definitely Championship quality", adding that he "probably covers more ground than any other player".[29][30]

Interviewed by Sky Sports in February 2016, Dack suggested that the model for his own style of play was former Chelsea and England international Frank Lampard. He also revealed that before committing to football he had undertaken trials to play cricket for Kent.[31]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 5 May 2019 [32]
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
Gillingham 2012–13[33] League Two 16 1 1 0 2 0 1[a] 1 20 2
2013–14[34] League One 28 3 2 1 1 0 1[a] 1 32 5
2014–15[17] League One 42 9 0 0 2 0 6[a] 1 50 10
2015–16[18] League One 40 13 0 0 2 1 2[a] 1 44 15
2016–17[35] League One 34 5 1 0 3 1 1[b] 0 39 6
Total 160 31 4 1 10 2 11 4 185 38
Braintree Town 2012–13[33] Conference Premier 4 1 4 1
Blackburn Rovers 2017–18[36] League One 42 18 3 0 0 0 0 0 45 18
2018–19[37] Championship 42 15 2 1 1 2 0 0 45 18
Career total 248 65 9 2 11 4 11 4 279 76
  1. ^ a b c d Appearances in Football league Trophy
  2. ^ Appearance in the EFL Trophy

HonoursEdit

Gillingham

Blackburn Rovers

Individual

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Bradley Dack". 11v11. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Beths' cross-country glory in cold and wet Yorkshire". News Shopper. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  4. ^ Walters, Mike (31 October 2015). "Gillingham starlet Bradley Dack on reviving his Football League career". irishmirror. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  5. ^ Walters, Mike (31 October 2015). "Gillingham starlet Bradley Dack on reviving his Football League career". mirror. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Gillingham director of football Andy Hessenthaler compares youth product Bradley Dack to Chelsea's Frank Lampard". Kent Online. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Gillingham 7 Royal Engineers 1". Kent Online. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Gillingham boss Martin Allen is hoping to have a clearer idea of his best XI soon". Kent Online. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  9. ^ "Bristol City 1 Gillingham 2". Kent Online. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  10. ^ "Gillingham 3 Bradford City 1". Kent Online. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Youngsters handed new contracts". Sky Sports. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Gillingham 1–0 Southend". BBC Online. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  13. ^ "Braintree sign Bradley Dack". BBC Online. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Adam Barrett, Stuart Nelson, Bradley Dack and Matt Fish scoop awards at the Gillingham player-of-the-year event". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Dack signs new Gills deal". Gillingham FC. 16 April 2014.
  16. ^ "John Egan scoops Gillingham FC's Player of the Year Award". www.gillinghamfootballclub.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  17. ^ a b "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  18. ^ a b "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Top Scorers – League One – Football". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  20. ^ "Ipswich Town and Bristol City January transfer deadline day target Bradley Dack happy at Gillingham". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  21. ^ League, The Football. "Gillingham's Bradley Dack named Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year". www.efl.com. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  22. ^ a b "BRADLEY DACK DOMINATES THE PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARDS". www.gillinghamfootballclub.com. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  23. ^ "JOSH WRIGHT WINS PLAYER OF THE YEAR". Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Bradley Dack | Football Stats | Gillingham | Age 23 | Soccer Base". www.soccerbase.com. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Blackburn Rovers seal deal for Gillingham midfielder Bradley Dack". Kent Online. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  26. ^ Sharpe, Rich (24 September 2017). "Shrewsbury Town 1 Blackburn Rovers 1: MATCH VERDICT". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 5 January 2019.
  27. ^ "EFL awards: Tom Cairney, Ruben Neves & Ryan Sessgenon on Championship shortlist". BBC Sport. 4 April 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  28. ^ Profiles, Player. "PLAYER PROFILES". www.gillinghamfootballclub.com. Archived from the original on 2 August 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  29. ^ a b "Gillingham's Bradley Dack thanks Justin Edinburgh for instilling confidence to thrive in free role this season". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  30. ^ "Justin Edinburgh delighted to have Bradley Dack back for Gillingham's game at Sheffield United". Kent Online. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  31. ^ "Meet Gillingham midfielder Bradley Dack with quick-fire questions". Sky Sports. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
  32. ^ "B.Dack". uk.soccerway.com/. Soccerway. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  33. ^ a b c "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  35. ^ "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 7 January 2016.
  36. ^ "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Bradley Dack in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  38. ^ "League Two: 2012/13: Latest table". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  39. ^ Anderson, John, ed. (2018). Football Yearbook 2018–2019. London: Headline Publishing Group. pp. 54–55. ISBN 978-1-4722-6106-9.
  40. ^ "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  41. ^ "PFA League One Team of the Year: Wigan & Blackburn quartets included". BBC Sport. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  42. ^ "Dack scoops PFA fans' prize". www.rovers.co.uk. Retrieved 10 May 2019.

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