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Jeff Hendrick

Midfielder


Biography

Date of birth

31/01/1992

Height

185 cm

Signed

31/08/2016

Country

Republic of Ireland

Jeff Hendrick joined Burnley for a then club record fee in the summer transfer window of 2016 following a lengthy pursuit of the former Derby County midfielder.

His signing marked the second record-breaking transfer in as many weeks following the earlier arrival of Belgian play-maker Steven Defour.

Having joined Derby as a youth player from St Kevin’s Boys, Hendrick graduated through the Rams’ academy, signing his first professional contract in 2010.

He was introduced to the first team in the closing stages of the 2010/11 season, appearing off the bench four times, following his dominant performances at reserve level.

His first appearance for the first-team came against Burnley as the Clarets ran out as 4-2 winners at Pride Park in April 2011.

In the 2011/12 season he made his first start in a 1-0 victory over Blackpool in August, soon netting his first goal for the club in dramatic style. A winner for ten-man Derby over rivals Nottingham Forest at the City Ground saw Hendrick instantly become a fans’ favourite.

A consistent campaign followed and he was named the club’s Young Player of the Season as well as gaining recognition from the Republic of Ireland at U21 level.

The following season saw Hendrick score seven goals from midfield and make his full Ireland debut as a substitute in a 2-0 victory over Poland at the Aviva Stadium.

In 2013/14 Hendrick was forced to have ankle surgery following an injury suffered against Blackburn Rovers, but he returned to the side at the end of the season and scored five times in the final 12 fixtures as Derby reached the Championship play-offs, losing in dramatic style to Queens Park Rangers in the final at Wembley.

Two seasons later, Hendrick against helped the Rams reach the play-offs but again disappointment followed as they lost to Hull City in the semi-finals.

And it took his move to Burnley to finally secure a place in the Premier League, Hendrick starting 31 times as Sean Dyche’s side maintained their place in the top flight in a memorable campaign which saw the midfielder earn the Clarets’ Goal of the Season award for his spectacular volley against Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

A former Republic of Ireland Young Player of the Year, Hendrick is also a mainstay of his national side, having been an ever-present under Martin O’Neill at the 2016 European Championships and now looking to help them reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.