Ryan McGowan

Ryan James McGowan (born 15 August 1989) is an Australian footballer who plays as a defender for St Johnstone.

Ryan McGowan
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Personal information
Full name Ryan James McGowan[1]
Date of birth (1989-08-15) 15 August 1989 (age 32)[1]
Place of birth Adelaide, Australia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
St Johnstone
Number 13
Youth career
2001–2004 Para Hills
2004–2006 SASI
2006–2008 Heart of Midlothian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Para Hills 10 (1)
2008–2013 Heart of Midlothian 57 (2)
2009–2010Ayr United (loan) 28 (1)
2011Partick Thistle (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2014 Shandong Luneng Taishan 46 (2)
2015–2016 Dundee United 34 (1)
2016 Henan Jianye 28 (2)
2017 Guizhou Zhicheng 12 (0)
2017–2018 Al-Sharjah 10 (0)
2018–2019 Bradford City 26 (1)
2019Dundee (loan) 15 (0)
2019–2021 Sydney FC 50 (1)
2021–2022 Kuwait SC 15 (1)
2022– St Johnstone 2 (0)
National team
2005–2006 Australia U17 3 (0)
2007–2009 Australia U20 21 (0)
2011–2012 Australia U23 3 (0)
2012– Australia 22 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 6 August 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 2 February 2022

He has previously played for Para Hills Knights, Heart of Midlothian, Shandong Luneng Taishan, Dundee United and Henan Jianye, with loan spells at Ayr United, Guizhou Zhicheng and Partick Thistle.

McGowan has represented Australia at under-17, under-20, under-23 and at senior levels.

Club careerEdit

Heart of MidlothianEdit

McGowan began his career at Para Hills Knights[3] and was part of the South Australian Sports Institute,[4] before moving to Scottish Premier League club Hearts in 2006 and was promoted to the first-team in 2008.[3] He was the captain of Hearts' under 19 squad[3] before making his SPL debut as substitute on 13 May that year in the final league match of the 2007–08 season against Gretna.[5] Shortly after he signed a five-year contract with the club.[3]

After just the one first team appearance he was sent out on loan to Ayr United in October 2009.[6] His debut for Ayr came on 14 October, when he scored one of the goals in a 2–2 draw at home to Dundee.[7] In January 2010, the loan was extended until the end of the season.[8] In total, he made 30 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal for Ayr.[9]

On his return under new manager Jim Jefferies he played as a substitute against Hamilton on 21 August 2010,[10] and against Celtic in September.[11] On 15 February 2011, he joined First Division team Partick Thistle on a three-month loan deal[12] and made his debut the same night.[13] In all he made eight appearances before returning to Hearts at the start of April.[14] After returning from his loan at Partick, McGowan made six more appearances for Hearts that season,[15] with his first start for Hearts coming on 7 May 2011 against Rangers[16]

On 23 July 2011, he started the 2011–12 season with a Sky Sports 'Man of the Match' performance against Rangers at Ibrox.[17] He began to establish himself as a member of the first team and played in the Europa League qualifiers against Paks[18][19] and in the second leg against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, where Hearts drew 0–0 (losing 5–0 on aggregate).[20] McGowan scored his first goal for Hearts in an Edinburgh derby on 2 January.[21] Later in the same game he headbutted Ivan Sproule in the stomach, which the referee viewed and took no action, however the SFA compliance officer opened an investigation.[22] The compliance officer offered a two match ban.[23] Hearts denied it was violent conduct but accepted the ban offered.[24] The 2011–12 SPL season was a good one for McGowan, scoring 3 goals – including one in the 2012 Scottish Cup Final victory against Hibs – and winning the Hearts Young Player of the Year award.[25]

Ahead of the last day of summer transfer window, Rangers made a bid for Hearts duo McGowan and David Templeton worth combined £1.3m valuation for the duo but the move rejected.[26] Templeton went on to join Rangers but McGowan stayed, explaining that he needs to keep his international career status alive.[27] On 2 January 2013, it was announced that Hearts had accepted a bid of around £400,000 from Chinese side Shandong Luneng Taishan.[28] In all, McGowan made 73 appearances for the club.[29]

Shandong Luneng TaishanEdit

On 7 January 2013, McGowan signed a two-year contract with Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng Taishan.[30] He made his Chinese Super League debut for Shandong Luneng Taishan on 9 March 2013 against Dalian Aerbin.[31] In his last match for Shandong, he scored the winning goal in the injury time against Jiangsu Sainty in the second leg of 2014 Chinese FA Cup final.[32] However, Shandong Luneng decided not to extend his contract at the end of 2014 season.

Dundee UnitedEdit

On 23 January 2015, McGowan moved back to Scotland, signing an 18-month contract with Dundee United.[33] He made his debut on 31 January 2015, as Dundee United beat Aberdeen 2–1 in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup at Hampden Park.[34]

Henan JianyeEdit

McGowan returned to China on 21 January 2016 after he was transferred from Dundee United to Henan Jianye. The transfer fee was reported to be approximately £350,000.[35] He made his debut by scoring an own goal as Shanghai SIPG beat Henan Jianye 5–0. On 27 January 2017, McGowan was released by Henan Jianye.[36]

Guizhou Hengfeng ZhichengEdit

One month after leaving Henan Jianye, McGowan joined newly promoted Chinese Super League club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng.[37] On 3 March 2017, he made his debut for Guizhou in a 1–1 home draw against Liaoning FC.[38]

Al-SharjahEdit

On 21 August 2017, McGowan joined UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al-Sharjah.[39]

Bradford CityEdit

On 26 January 2018, Ryan joined EFL League One side Bradford City from Al-Sharjah for an undisclosed fee.[40]

In January 2019 he was linked with a departure from the club, and a return to Scottish football with Dundee.[41] Later that month he moved on loan to Dundee.[42]

In May 2019, following Bradford City's relegation to League Two, it was announced that he would leave the club upon the expiry of his contract on 30 June 2019, one of 11 players to be released.[43]

Sydney FCEdit

On 3 July 2019, McGowan signed a two-year contract with A-League club Sydney FC, while his brother Dylan earlier joining their derby rivals Western Sydney Wanderers.[44]

On 3 July 2021, Sydney FC announced that McGowan was leaving the club, having agreed to terms with an overseas club.[45]

Kuwait SCEdit

On 7 July 2021, McGowan signed with Kuwait Premier League club Kuwait SC.[46]

St JohnstoneEdit

McGowan returned to Scottish football in July 2022, signing for St Johnstone.[47]

International careerEdit

 
McGowan with Olyroos in 2011

McGowan was part of the Australia team that qualified for the AFC Youth Championship 2008 in November 2007.[48] McGowan was selected for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt; his brother and teammate Dylan McGowan, was not selected.[49]

McGowan started in the first match for the Young Socceroos in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and received a yellow and a straight red against the Czech Republic for a studs up challenge which resulted in a penalty.[50] He received his first call-up to the Australia senior squad in August 2012, when he was selected for the friendly match against Scotland,[51] making his debut as a late substitute replacing Sasa Ognenovski.[52] McGowan was booed by some sections of the home support due to his Hearts connections,[53] with the game being played at Easter Road.[54]

He was named in Australia's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad and provided the assist to Tim Cahill's goal in Australia 3–2 loss to the Netherlands.

Family and personal lifeEdit

His parents emigrated to Australia in 1980, and McGowan was born in Adelaide[55] into a Scottish family from Glasgow.[3] His brother Dylan[56] currently plays for Kilmarnock F.C.[44]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 6 August 2022[57]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition[58]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Para Hills Knights 2006 South Australia Super League 10 1 2 0 12 1
Hearts 2007–08 Scottish Premier League 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2008–09 Scottish Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Scottish Premier League 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2011–12 Scottish Premier League 28 2 6 1 1 0 3 0 38 3
2012–13 Scottish Premier League 20 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 25 0
Hearts total 57 2 7 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 72 3
Ayr United (loan) 2009–10 Scottish First Division 28 1 2 0 2 0 1[a] 0 33 1
Partick Thistle 2010–11 Scottish First Division 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Shandong Luneng Taishan 2013 Chinese Super League 29 1 1 0 30 1
2014 Chinese Super League 17 1 5 1 3 0 25 2
Shandong total 46 2 6 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 55 3
Dundee United 2014–15 Scottish Premiership 12 1 3 0 2 0 17 1
2015–16 Scottish Premiership 22 0 0 0 2 0 24 0
Dundee United total 34 1 3 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 41 1
Henan Jianye 2016 Chinese Super League 28 2 2 0 30 2
Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng 2017 Chinese Super League 12 0 0 0 12 0
Al-Sharjah 2017–18 UAE Pro League 10 0 0 0 2 0 12 0
Bradford City 2017–18 League One 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2018–19 League One 23 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 26 1
Bradford City total 26 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 29 1
Dundee 2018–19 Scottish Premiership 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
Sydney FC 2019–20 A-League 28 1 1 0 2 0 31 1
2020–21 A-League 22 0 22 0
Sydney total 50 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 53 1
Kuwait SC 2021–22 Kuwait Premier League 15 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 1
St Johnstone 2022–23 Scottish Premiership 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 331 12 11 2 13 0 11 0 1 0 367 14

InternationalEdit

As of match played 3 June 2021
Australia
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 6 0
2014 4 0
2015 2 0
2016 4 0
2017 2 0
2021 1 0
Total 21 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Hearts

Shandong Luneng Taishan

Sydney FC

InternationalEdit

Australia U-20

IndividualEdit

  • Chinese FA Cup Most Valuable Player: 2014[61]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Appearance(s) in Scottish Challenge Cup

ReferencesEdit

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