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Brian Neil Easton (born 5 March 1988) is a Scottish footballer, who plays for Hamilton Academical. Easton started his career with Hamilton, winning the Scottish First Division championship in 2008. He was sold to English club Burnley in 2009, leaving at the end of his contract in 2012. He then signed for Dundee. In June 2013, Easton's contract with Dundee ended and he moved to St Johnstone, initially on a one-year deal, but remained there until 2019.

Brian Easton
Personal information
Full name Brian Neil Easton[1]
Date of birth (1988-03-05) 5 March 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Hamilton Academical
Number 24
Youth career
000?–2006 Hamilton Academical
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Hamilton Academical 103 (2)
2009–2012 Burnley 33 (1)
2010Hamilton Academical (loan) 12 (0)
2012–2013 Dundee 17 (0)
2013–2019 St Johnstone 134 (1)
2019– Hamilton Academical 0 (0)
National team
2008–2010 Scotland U21 2 (0)
2009 Scotland B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:28, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 May 2009

He played for the Scotland under-21s and B team in his early career.

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Club careerEdit

Hamilton AcademicalEdit

Easton started his career with Hamilton, making his debut as a substitute coming on for Javier Payo in the 70th minute of a 1–0 win over Dundee; on 29 September 2006, he received a straight red card in a 1–1 draw against Queen of the South. On 3 March 2008, Easton scored his first goal of his career in a 3–0 win over Airdrie United. Since making his debut, Easton was increasingly involved in the first team throughout his first campaign with Hamilton.

Easton continued to be involved in the first team in the 2007–08 season, making thirty-six appearances, and in May 2008 was awarded the young player of the month for April.[2] Shortly after, he signed a new three-year contract with Hamilton after helping his side to the Scottish First Division title.[3]

The following season, with Accies promoted to the top division, Easton made his Scottish Premier League debut, as Hamilton beat Dundee United on the opening day.[4] On 25 October 2008, Easton scored his first SPL goal against Rangers in a 3–1 loss;[5] on 22 November, he scored an own-goal as Hamilton drew 1–1 with Dundee United. Easton made his 100th league appearance for Hamilton against Motherwell on 16 May 2009. In the January transfer window, the club's chairman Ronnie MacDonald said he refused to sell his youngsters, especially Easton, as he has attracted interest from clubs in England.[6] Easton's good form throughout the season attracted the interest of Derby County manager Nigel Clough.[7] With interest from Derby, Easton insisted the transfer speculation didn't affect him.[8]

BurnleyEdit

Burnley agreed a fee with Hamilton Academical for Easton's transfer on 13 July 2009.[9] Easton signed a three-year contract with Burnley the next day.[10] Easton made his Burnley's debut in a friendly match, in a 5–0 win over VC Fusion.[11] Easton made his League Cup debut in the second round, as Burnley win 2–1 over Hartlepool United. However, he had yet to make his Premier League debut, having his first-team opportunities limited and was loaned to Hamilton. Despite the lack of first team chances Easton stated he hoped to take his chance when it came.[12]

Loan to HamiltonEdit

On 29 January 2010, Hamilton welcomed back Easton on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season.[13] One day later, he made his debut in a 1–0 loss against Celtic.[14] After the match, Easton said he could help the club stay in the SPL,[15] and that his time with Burnley had made him a better player.[16] In April, Easton said he wanted to stay on loan until the end of the season.[17] At the end of the season, Easton returned to his parent club, helped Accies avoid relegation.[18]

Return to BurnleyEdit

On returning to Burnley, Easton said he vowed to become a regular player next season, with the club relegated back to the Championship.[19] However, he was continually left out of the squad from the start of the season until October, when he made his league debut on 19 October 2010 against Barnsley after stepping in for the injured Danny Fox. He scored his first goal for Burnley in a 3–2 defeat to Leeds United on 11 December 2010.[20][21] However, Easton's first-team opportunities were still limited, having been an unused substitute in most of the matches.

Ahead of the new season, Easton's playing time increased, playing in the left-back position, after Fox left for Southampton, and he stated he expected to earn his chance in the first team.[22] Later in the season, Easton established himself in the first team for the first half; however, he soon went down in the queue for selection, due to the arrival of Daniel Lafferty and good form of Kieran Trippier and Ben Mee. In May 2012, Easton was released by the club after the expiry of his contract.[23] Previously, manager Eddie Howe said Easton will leave the club and will not be offered a new deal when his current deal expires, having no future at Burnley.[24]

DundeeEdit

Easton signed for Scottish Premier League club Dundee on 6 September 2012.[25] After joining Dundee, Easton revealed that he had found himself in 'limbo', and praised the role of Kevin McDonald in helping him join the club.[26]

Having been an unused substitute in three matches, Easton finally made his debut, making his first start and playing 90 minutes, as Dundee lost 3–0 against Hibernian. Soon after, Easton suffered a hamstring injury during a 2–0 loss against Aberdeen; the injury ruled him out for two months.[27] Despite making seventeen appearances, Easton was released along with ten players following Dundee's relegation.[28]

St JohnstoneEdit

On 8 July 2013, Easton signed a one-year contract with St Johnstone after being released by Dundee.[29] After the move, Easton vowed to work his way into the first team.[30]

Easton made his debut, playing in left midfield, in a 0–0 draw against Kilmarnock, where he make his first start before coming off in the second half.[31] Easton established himself in the left back position. In late-December 2013, he sustained a hamstring injury during a match against Dundee United and was out for a few weeks.[32] Having made sixteen appearances so far, it was announced that Easton, along with Tam Scobbie, had signed a new contract extension to run to the end of the 2014–15 season.[33][34] Easton made his return from injury on 29 March 2014, in a 1–1 draw against Partick Thistle.[35]

In the Scottish Cup Final, Easton started as a left-back when St Johnstone beat Dundee United 2–0 to win the Scottish Cup for the first time in their 130-year history.[36]

Easton was injured in December 2017 and did not return to action until playing in reserve team games in February 2019.[37]

Return to HamiltonEdit

In May 2019 he returned to first club Hamilton Academical.[38]

International careerEdit

Easton made his debut for Scotland's under-21s against Northern Ireland, at New Douglas Park, in November 2008.[39][40] He then represented the Scotland B side in May 2009 against the same nation.[41]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 14 July 2019[42]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hamilton Academical 2006–07[43] Scottish First Division 32 1 1 0 1 0 2[a] 0 35 1
2007–08[44] 36 0 2 0 3 0 1[a] 0 42 0
2008–09[45] Scottish Premier League 35 1 3 0 3 0 41 1
Total 103 2 6 0 7 0 3 0 119 2
Burnley 2009–10[46] Premier League 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
2010–11[47] Championship 12 1 0 0 1 0 13 1
2011–12[48] 21 0 1 0 3 0 25 0
Total 33 1 1 0 5 0 0 0 39 1
Hamilton Academical (loan) 2009–10[46] Scottish Premier League 12 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
Dundee 2012–13[49] 17 0 2 0 0 0 19 0
St Johnstone 2013–14[50] Scottish Premiership 23 0 5 0 3 0 1[b] 0 32 0
2014–15[51] 31 0 2 0 2 0 4[b] 0 39 0
2015–16[52] 29 1 1 0 3 0 2[b] 0 35 1
2016–17[53] 37 0 2 0 6 0 45 0
2017–18[54] 13 0 0 0 1 0 1[b] 0 15 0
2018–19[55] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 134 1 10 0 15 0 8 0 167 1
Hamilton Academical 2019–20[56] Scottish Premiership 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Career total 299 4 19 0 28 0 11 0 357 4
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in Scottish League Challenge Cup
  2. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  53. ^ "Games played by Brian Easton in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
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