Cardiff City were, yesterday, delighted to announce the signing of Canadian international winger Junior Hoilett.
Read on to familiarise yourself with Junior - the first signing of manager Neil Warnock’s City reign.
1. Junior was born in Brampton, Ontario in Canada on 5 June 1990, making him 26 years old.
2. He joined Blackburn Rovers at the age of thirteen. Before Hoilett made his senior debut for the Ewood Park outfit, he had two spells on loan at German clubs SC Paderborn and FC St. Pauli between 2007 and 2009.
3. The young winger eventually made his Blackburn bow in August 2009 and scored his first competitive goal for the club in a 3-1 League cup victory over Gillingham that year.
4. Hoilett went on to score twelve Premier League goals from eighty-one league appearances for Rovers.
5. The winger converted the crucial fifth penalty to help Blackburn win a shootout against Chelsea in the League Cup in 2009. The victory saw Rovers through to the semi-finals of that season’s competition.
6. Junior was eligible to represent both Jamaica and Canada at international level. He could have played for Jamaica as his father hailed from the country, while Canada was the place of his birth.
7. The pacey winger declared for Canada in 2015 and has ten caps since making his debut that year.
8. His brother, Jaineil, is also a footballer and has represented Canada at U17 and U20 youth levels.
9. Hoilett has linked up with Neil Warnock before. He played under the new Bluebirds boss at Queens Park Rangers.
10. In the 2013/14 Championship Play-off final, Junior set up the winner for QPR when his cross was headed in by Bobby Zamora in the 89th minute. The goal secured a 1-0 Hoops victory over Derby County at Wembley.
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