Experienced frontman David McGoldrick has become the latest addition to Derby County’s new-look squad.
McGoldrick, 34, has linked up with the Rams on a one-year contract, which will run until the summer of 2023, after recently leaving Championship outfit Sheffield United.
The striker has recorded over 500 appearances in the professional game, scoring 125 goals to date, and has also performed at international level for the Republic of Ireland.
McGoldrick has successfully completed a medical examination and is the latest new signing through the door as Derby prepare for the upcoming 2022/23 Sky Bet League One season at the end of July.
David McGoldrick In Profile
McGoldrick’s career began across the East Midlands at Notts County, where he made his first team bow whilst still a youth team player, before Premier League side Southampton secured his services in the summer of 2004.
First-team experience was garnered in loan spells back at Notts County and with AFC Bournemouth and Port Vale in the EFL, as well as making a handful of appearances for the Saints in the Championship across the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. He eventually became a regular in the 2008/09 season on the South Coast by netting 14 goals in 50 matches for the Saints.
His next port of call was back in the East Midlands at Nottingham Forest, where he stayed for the next four years although his first-team impact was restricted to just two seasons. He also enjoyed spells out on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, Coventry City and Ipswich Town, with his best-ever goals return of 21 in a season being recorded in the 2012/13 campaign split on loan at Coventry and Ipswich.
A successful five-year period at Ipswich followed on a permanent basis under Mick McCarthy from 2013/14 to 2017/18. He was a vital member of the side throughout his time with the Tractor Boys, notably when they reached the Play-Offs in 2014/15 and he was also their Players’ Player of the Season in 2013/14.
After a lengthy stint with Ipswich, it was Sheffield United where McGoldrick would spend the next four years after moving to Bramall Lane ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Promotion was achieved in his first season with the Blades, with 15 goals netted in 45 matches as well as claiming the Player of the Season award, while McGoldrick remained a key player in the Premier League over the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, winning the Player of the Season accolade once again the latter. Injury limited his appearances in 2021/22 but, when fit, McGoldrick remained an integral part of United’s promotion push.
McGoldrick, despite being born in England, qualifies for the Republic of Ireland and his international debut came in 2014. He scored his first goal for the Ireland in September 2019, scoring the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Switzerland in a UEFA European Championships qualifier at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
McGoldrick was named as the Republic of Ireland Senior International Player of the Year for 2019 and he announced his retirement from international football in 2020.
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