13 August 2009

Shane Duff

Name: Shane Joseph Duff
Born: 2 April 1982, Wroughton (England)
Height: 6.01 ft
Weight: 12.10 st
Position: Central Defender

Representative Honours: Northern Ireland: 1 Under-21 Cap (2003).

Club Career:
Teams.......... --Seasons-- Signed -Fee- --League-- FA Cup FL Cup -Other-
Cheltenham Town
02/03-09/10 Oct-00 Youth 184 (9)/ 2 9(1)/0 5(1)/0 11(0)/1
Evesham United. 01/02.............. Loan (Southern League)
Bradford City.. 10/11 ..... Jul-10 .Free .14 (0)/ 1 ...... 1(0)/0


Biography:
The younger brother of Michael Duff, Shane followed his sibling into the Cheltenham Town firstteam. An "uncompromising centre-back", he won a single Northern Ireland Under-21 cap. It was actually Michael's departure for Burnley in 2004 that allowed Shane to establish himself in the middle of the Robins' defence and he showed "confidence and maturity, combining a thoughtful and composed attitude to defending with determination and competitiveness."

In the summer of 2010, after what was his testimonial season, Duff announced that he would be seeking to play his football away from Whaddon Road in the following campaign. It had been a frustrating final season with Cheltenham in which he had been ruled out for six months by surgery on an achilles problem. Although he was back in the team at the end of the season, successfully helping stave off relegation, Duffy turned down the offer of a new contract to sign for Bradford. Bradford, managed by former England coach Peter Taylor, were seen by Duff to be the team to put his "career back on track" with the ability to rapid gain promotion.

Duff was released by Bradford in May 2011. In September he enrolled at Hartpury College's Football Academy to study for a degree in Sports Coaching. He announced in January 2012 that he would be unable to play professional football again.

More to follow.



Northern Ireland Under-21 Cap Details:
10-06-2003 Spain H L 1-4 ECQ

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

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