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Grant McCann

Number 11

D.O.B.

14th April, 1980

Birthplace

Belfast

Height

5' 10

Weight

11st 0lbs (69.92 kg)

Position

Midfield

Signed

24th May, 2010

Fee

Free Transfer

Former Clubs

West Ham, Livingston (loan), Notts County (loan), Cheltenham, Barnsley, Scunthorpe

International

Northern Ireland

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McCann, played for Lisburn Youth team, the same club as Keith Gillespie and Jonny Evans before starting his professional career at West Ham United. He made his debut on 19 May 2001 in a 2-1 away defeat to Middlesbrough.
McCann had loan spells at Livingston and Notts County before moving to Cheltenham Town, in another loan deal, in 2000.
After another loan deal took him back to Cheltenham in 2002 where the move was made permanent during the January 2003 transfer window when he moved from West Ham for 50,000, a record transfer fee for Cheltenham Town. McCann went on to make 155 league appearances for Cheltenham. He had made only four substitute appearances for The Hammers.
He joined Barnsley on loan deadline day, 23 November 2006, in a contract that expired on 1 January 2007. On his debut against Ipswich Town he scored a 92nd minute winner. The two clubs agreed a fee of 100,000 and McCann moved to Barnsley permanently on 2 January 2007. At the time this was a record fee for an outbound player from Cheltenham.
In January 2008, McCann left Barnsley to sign for Championship rivals Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee.
On 24 May 2010, Peterborough United announced that they had beaten off competition from a host of Championship clubs to secure the services of McCann on a 3-year contract. On 1 August, McCann was named the captain for the 2010-11 League One season. The season ended with Peterborough winning the play offs to the Championship with McCann achieving the most assists (21).
McCann has the rare achievement of being promoted via the playoffs with 3 different clubs at 3 different Stadiums - Cheltenham Town at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Scunthorpe United at Wembley Stadium, London and with Peterborough United at Old Trafford, Manchester.
He made his international debut for Northern Ireland on 6 October 2001 in a 1-0 away win against Malta. He scored his 1st goal for Northern Ireland, a header, in the 4-1 away win against Liechtenstein on 24 March 2007.

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