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Joshua Dean Windass (born 9 January 1994) is an English professional footballer who plays as a attacking midfielder for Wigan Athletic. He can also play as a forward.

Josh Windass
Josh Windass 12-04-2014 1.jpg
Windass training with Accrington Stanley in 2014
Personal information
Full name Joshua Dean Windass[1]
Date of birth (1994-01-09) 9 January 1994 (age 25)[1]
Place of birth Hull, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
Wigan Athletic
Number 10
Youth career
2002–2012 Huddersfield Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Harrogate Railway Athletic
2013–2016 Accrington Stanley 77 (22)
2016–2018 Rangers 55 (13)
2018– Wigan Athletic 39 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:00, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

Contents

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Windass played youth football for Huddersfield Town, spending ten years with the club.[2] He was released in April 2012 and trialled with Bradford City that same month.[3] Windass began his senior career with non-league team Harrogate Railway Athletic in December 2012.[4] He played on a semi-professional basis, combining his football career with a job as a construction labourer.[2]

Accrington StanleyEdit

He signed a professional contract with Accrington Stanley in July 2013.[5][6] He made his professional debut on 9 November 2013, in the FA Cup.[7] In November 2015 he turned down a new contract from the club on the advice of his father.[8] In January 2016 Accrington announced that Scottish club Rangers had approached Windass and teammate Matt Crooks directly, due to them being in the final six months of their contracts.[9] The duo agreed pre-contracts with Rangers later that month, ahead of the 2016–17 season.[10]

RangersEdit

Windass joined Rangers on 1 July 2016, signing a four-year contract alongside fellow Accrington player Matt Crooks. Both players had already been training with the club prior to completing their transfers after Rangers agreed a compensation fee with Accrington, reported to be around £60,000 per player.[11] Windass made his debut for Rangers in a pre-season friendly against American side Charleston Battery on 7 July 2016, scoring the opening goal in a 2–1 win.[12] His official debut was against Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup on 16 July[13] and Windass netted his first goal for the club against Lowland Football League side East Stirlingshire six days later.[14] Windass spent periods of the first half of the 2016–17 season on the sidelines due to a recurring hamstring injury in early August[15] and October.[16] Despite this, Windass was linked with a return to England in December 2016, with EFL Championship sides Derby County and Newcastle United reportedly showing an interest in the midfielder.[17]

During the 2017–18 Rangers F.C. season Windass finished the season with 18 goals in all competitions, tied (with Alfredo Morelos) as the club's top scorer for the season; with 13 of Windass' strikes in the league, the third-highest total behind Kris Boyd of Kilmarnock and Morelos.[18]

Wigan AthleticEdit

He signed for Wigan Athletic on 9 August 2018.[19]

Personal lifeEdit

Windass was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire[1] and is the son of former professional Dean Windass.[2][20]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 29 April 2019
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Accrington Stanley 2013–14[21] League Two 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2014–15[22] 35 6 3 0 1 0 1[a] 0 40 6
2015–16[23] 32 16 2 1 1 0 0 0 35 17
Total 77 22 6 1 2 0 1 0 86 23
Rangers 2016–17[24] Scottish Premiership 21 0 2 0 4 1 0 0 27 1
2017–18[25] 33 13 4 5 3 0 1 0 41 18
2018–19[26] 1 0 0 0 0 0 4[b] 0 5 0
Total 55 13 6 5 7 1 5 0 73 19
Wigan Athletic 2018–19[26] EFL Championship 39 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 40 5
Career total 171 40 13 6 9 1 6 0 199 47
  1. ^ Appearance in Football League Trophy
  2. ^ Soccerbase does not include the two Europa Games against NK Osijek which Windass appeared in.[27][28]

Playing styleEdit

Primarily an attacking midfielder, Windass can also play as a forward.[29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Josh Windass". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Hart, Simon (30 October 2015). "Josh Windass is helping Accrington Stanley's promotion push". The Independent. London: Independent News & Media. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Baker's at the double for City reserves". Telegraph & Argus. Bradford: Newsquest Media Group. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  4. ^ David Watters (22 December 2012). "Saturday's Transfer List". Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Accrington Stanley sign Josh Windass on one-year contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Harrogate Railway winger Josh Windass joins Accrington Stanley". Ripon Gazette. 27 July 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  7. ^ "Accrington 0–1 Tranmere". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Josh Windass: Accrington forward to 'make own decision' on future". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Rangers talk to Accrington's Matt Crooks and Josh Windass". BBC Sport. BBC. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Rangers: Josh Windass and Matt Crooks sign pre-contract deals". BBC Sport. BBC. 6 January 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Rangers and Accrington agree cash deal for Josh Windass and Matt Crooks". Daily Record. Glasgow: Trinity Mirror. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  12. ^ Ralston, Gary (7 July 2016). "Charleston Battery 1 Rangers 2: Josh Windass hits debut goal to help Gers win". Daily Record. Glasgow: Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  13. ^ McLaughlin, Chris (16 July 2016). "Motherwell 0–2 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC.
  14. ^ Young, Chick (22 July 2016). "East Stirlingshire 0–3 Rangers". BBC Sport. BBC.
  15. ^ Hedworth, Alice (29 July 2016). "Windass Chasing Fitness". Rangers.co.uk. Rangers Football Club.
  16. ^ "Josh Windass: Celtic semi-final my worst Rangers performance". The Scotsman. Edinburgh: Johnstone Press. 26 October 2016.
  17. ^ Hannah, Roger (5 December 2016). "CAUGHT WIND OF JOSH Rangers transfer news – Derby County and Newcastle eye Ibrox star Josh Windass". The Sun. Glasgow: News UK.
  18. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/scottish-premiership/top-scorers
  19. ^ "Josh Windass and Joe Garner: Wigan Athletic sign Rangers midfielder and Ipswich striker". BBC Sport. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  20. ^ Doug Thomson (21 May 2010). "Famous fathers of new Huddersfield Town academy players". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Games played by Josh Windass in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  22. ^ "Games played by Josh Windass in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  23. ^ "Games played by Josh Windass in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  24. ^ "Games played by Josh Windass in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Games played by Josh Windass in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  26. ^ a b "Games played by Josh Windass in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  27. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44941513
  28. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45005836
  29. ^ https://rangers.co.uk/news/headlines/josh-aiming-top-scorer/