Tuesday 23 January 2018

Who is Scott Hogan?

Scott Hogan (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)
Scott Hogan (Photo by Harry Murphy/Getty Images)

Hogan was born in Salford, which is part of Greater Manchester, and has taken a circuitous route to the Championship, having come through the non-league ranks.

The 24-year-old had stints with Stocksbridge and Halifax - both former clubs of Jamie Vardy - and his rise has been compared to the Leicester star's rags to riches tale as he used to work 9-5 jobs in a warehouse and a chemical factory.

Pro career

Hogan made his move to the league ranks by joining Rochdale for the 2013/14 campaign and he scored 19 goals for the League Two side, earning a move to Brentford.

Injuries and comeback

His big switch to the Championship was ruined by the first of two serious knee injuries which restricted him to just nine appearances in his first two campaigns. But he finished last term on fire and has carried it into this campaign. He has scored 13 goals in 15 second-tier outings, including a hat-trick last weekend.

Irish status      

Has three Irish grandparents but turned down an U-21 call due to Rochdale commitments. The childhood Manchester United fan idolises Roy Keane but is keeping his options open. Martin O'Neill has spoken to his agent and wants the natural goalscorer on board.

Irish Independent

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