Conor Coady Profile
|Born||Feb 25, 1993|
|Birthplace||St. Helens, England|
Conor Coady is a professional soccer player currently representing Wolverhampton Wanderers in the English Premier League.
A defender by trade, Coady has established himself as one of the best English players in that position.
The England international worked his way up from the Liverpool academy to becoming a captain for his current club, Wolves.
Coady joined Liverpool's Youth Academy in 2005 at the age of 12. Growing up in St. Helens, the player was naturally a Liverpool fan and joining the academy allowed him to finally represent his beloved club.
After five-and-a-half years, Coady came close to making his debut for the Reds. During the 2010/11 season, he made the substitute bench on two occasions however, he didn't get a chance to come on the field.
Coady eventually realised his dreams on November 8, 2012 when he made his senior debut against Anzhi Makhachkala in a Europa League group-stage clash. The Reds lost 1-0 as a 19-year-old Coady marked his first senior game alongside Adam Morgan.
His Premier League debut came six months later when he featured in a 3-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Loan move to Sheffield United
When the league campaign came to a close, Coady was sent out on loan to League One side, Sheffield United.
The defender marked his Blades debut on the opening weekend of the 2013/14 season with a 2-1 win over Notts County.
His first start, however, came in the next game which ended up being a defeat to Burton Albion in the opening round of the League Cup.
A year on from his Liverpool debut, Coady scored his first senior goal. The centre-back stamped his name on the scoresheet in a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient.
Coady's loan spell was coming to an end in the 2014 January transfer window however his impressive performances led United to extend his stay until the end of the season.
The player ended up making 50 appearances for the Blades, scoring six goals in the process.
Move across Yorkshire
Instead of going back to Liverpool, Coady was snapped up by Huddersfield Town who forked out £500,000 for the transfer.
The player made his debut for the Terriers on August 9, 2014. Both of Coady's previous debuts both ended in defeats and that run continued as Huddersfield were thrashed 4-0 by Bournemouth.
Nevertheless, the centre-back bagged his first goal just a few months later in a 3-1 win over Wolves - a club he would later go on to captain.
Wolves signed Coady in the early days of July 2015 for a reported of £2million.
In his first three seasons, the defender played under three different managers - Kenny Jackett, Walter Zenga and Paul Lambert. However, Coady hit his full potential upon the arrival of Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Portuguese manager put Coady at the heart of a three-man defence and awarded him the captains armband.
The club won promotion to the Premier League in the 2018/19 season, claiming the Championship title in the process - Coady's first major piece of silverware.
Since their return to the top-flight, Coady has been Wolves' first-choice centre-back. What's more, the defender played every minute of the club's 2019/20 Europa League campaign.
He helped the club reach the quarter-final stage and also featured in UEFA's squad of the season.
In September 2020, Coady signed a new five-year-deal with the club. A couple of months later, his run of playing in 84 consecutive games came to an end after missing a Premier League clash with Southampton due to COVID-19 protocols.
His first Premier League goal came on March 2, 2021 when he headed home against Manchester City in a 4-1 defeat.
Career with England
Coady represented his national side from U16s to open age.
The defender captained England to glory at the 2010 European U17s Championships. The victory was a significant one considering it was England's first international triumph in 17 years.
In 2012, Coady was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the European U19s Championships in Estonia. The Three Lions ultimately lost to Greece.
A year later, Coady was once again named captain as he led England to the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup.
In 2020, the defender was given his senior debut after being called up by manager, Gareth Southgate. Coady started at centre-back in a Nations League clash with Denmark which ended 0-0.
The player scored his first England goal during a 3-0 victory over Wales in a friendly at Wembley.
In May 2021, Coady was named in Gareth Southgate's squad for the rearranged Euro 2020.
Coady has three children with wife Amie.
The defender's father, Andy, rarely missed a game before the COVID-19 pandemic. Traveling home and away, he has watched his son's rise over the last few years.
Coady's net worth is estimated to be around £3.5million. The player earns £900,000 per year since signing his new deal with Wolverhampton.