Player profiles – Centre midfielders

In the build up to the 2017-18 season, RoversChat will be looking at a section of player profiles each day. Today, RoversChat look at the centre midfielders Rovers have for next season.

Centre mids

Corry Evans

MID Corry Evans

Country of birth: Northern Ireland

Date of birth: 30th July 1990 (26 years old)

Position: CM – usually defensive

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 108/3

(Stats correct as of start of 2017/18 season)

Born in Belfast, Corry started as a trainee at Manchester United with his brother Jonny. He first made his name at Hull City in the centre of midfield. Brought to Rovers in August 2013 by Gary Bowyer. Having played over 100 games for Rovers, Evans has only scored 3 goals, but when they come they tend to be spectacular. Injuries over the past couple of seasons have seen him play less, but technically he is one of the best in the current squad, and should thrive in a middle two or even as part of a three in the centre of the park.
Other clubs played for: Manchester United 2009-11, Carlisle United 2010 (loan), Hull City 2011-13; Rovers 2013-present

 

Richard Smallwood

Smallwood v Morecambe

Country of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 23rd December 1990 (age 26)

Position: CM – usually defensive

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 0/0

(Stats correct as of start of 2017/18 season)

Born in Redcar, North Yorkshire – about 7 miles from Middlesbrough. Smallwood is a product of the Middlesbrough academy. He is a tough tackling midfielder who describes himself as a workhorse. He made his Middlesbrough debut on 19th October in a 1-0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest. He went on to represent his local team 60 times scoring 3 goals.
In 2014, Smallwood join Rotherham United on loan – playing a major role in Rotherham's promotion to the Championship. He scored the winning penalty in the play-off final against Leyton Orient. In the Summer of 2014, he turned his loan move into a permanent one.

After playing a vital role in Rotherham's season managing to avoid relegation in 2016. Alan Stubbs was appointed Rotherham manager and sent Smallwood out on loan to Scunthorpe. He made 16 appearances before being recalled following the sacking of Stubbs. Unfortunately he was unable to help Rotherham avoid relegation in 2017. He turned down the offer of a new contract with the Millers in order to join Rovers on a 2 year deal.

Smallwood may prove to be a vital signing for Rovers this coming season. A player with the tenacity we were crying out for last season. He's someone you want in the trenches with you when things aren't going your way. However, he may also be a player that finds himself on first name terms with referees this season due to his no nonsense style of play.

Other clubs played for: 2010–2014 Middlesbrough; 2014–2017 Rotherham United; 2016–2017 Scunthorpe United (loan); 2017-present Rovers

 

Peter Whittingham

Peter Whittingham

Country of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 8th September 1984 (aged 32)

Position: CM

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 0/0

(Stats correct as of the start of the 2017/18 season)

Born in Nuneaton, England, Whittingham arrived at Rovers on a free transfer from Cardiff in the summer of 2017. The Cardiff City legend started his career at Aston Villa, enjoying loan spells at East Lancashire rival Burnley and Midlands based Derby County before moving onto Cardiff City. Whittingham arrives at Rovers with pedigree and the fans expect him to produce some of the magic he has created at his previous clubs.

Other clubs: 2003-2007 Aston Villa; 2005 Burnley (loan); 2005 Derby County (loan); 2007-2017 Cardiff City; 2017-present Rovers

 

Ben Gladwin

Gladwin v Morecambe

Country of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 8th June 1992 (aged 25)

Position: CM

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 0/0

(Stats correct as of the start of the 2017/18 season)

Gladwin spent his early years at Eldon Celtic, Reading and Aldershot Town. Ben then moved to non league sides, and joined the senior AFC Wallingford team. He ventured around the non-league pyramid and was at several clubs like Hayes and Yeading. It was the latter that Gladwin moved to Swindon from. He had his best season in the 2014/15 season, where he was influential in helping Swindon to the play-offs – where they lost 4-0 to Rovers’ local rivals, Preston North End. He joined Rovers for around £200,000 this summer and scored twice in Rovers’ 8-0 rout over York City.

Other clubs played for: Eldon Celtic Unknown; Reading 2001-2005; Aldershot Town Unknown; AFC Wallingford 2009-2010; Windsor & Eton 2010; Burnham 2010-2011; Hayes & Yeading United 2011-2012; Burnham 2012; Reading Town 2012; Marlow 2012; Hayes & Yeading United 2012-2013; Marlow 2013; Swindon Town 2013-2015; Queens Park Rangers 2015-2017; Swindon Town 2015-2016 (Loan); Bristol City 2016 (Loan); Swindon Town 2017 (Loan); Rovers 2017-present

 

Bradley Dack

Bradley Dack

Country of Birth: England

Date of Birth: 31st December 1993 (aged 23)

Position: CM

Appearances/Goals for Rovers: 0/0

(Stats correct as of the start of the 2017/18 season)

Born in Greenwich, England, Bradley Dack is a new signing at Ewood Park, arriving from Gillingham for £750,000. Starting his career at fellow league one side Charlton Athletic, Dack was released at the age of 14 and went on to play for Corinthian in the Kent Youth League. After impressing for Corinthian, Gillingham signed him for their youth academy. After making his way to the first team, Dack enjoyed a fruitful spell with Gillingham and picked up many accolades, including League 1 Player of the Year in the 2015/16 season. Rovers will be hoping he can replicate that in the famous Blue and White Halves.

Other clubs: 2005-2010 Charlton Athletic, 2010 Corinthian, 2010-2017 Gillingham, 2013 Braintree Town (loan); 2017-present Rovers