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Daniel Crowley: The Story So Far

18 January 2021

An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest January signing, Daniel Crowley…

 

Born in Coventry, the attacking midfielder joined Aston Villa’s academy aged eight and helped their Under-19s win the 2012/13 NextGen Series, a continental youth competition, despite only being 15.

A former England and Republic of Ireland youth international, Crowley joined London giants Arsenal in the summer of 2013 and penned his first professional deal aged 17.

To aid his development, he was loaned out to Barnsley for the first half of the 2015/16 League One campaign and made his senior debut in a 3-1 loss at Chesterfield.

Crowley scored his maiden career goal in a 5-3 EFL Cup extra-time defeat to Everton and played 13 games for the Tykes in total.

The 2016/17 season saw him loaned out to League One again, this time with Oxford, where he notched three goals in 11 outings – five of them starts.

Crowley spent the second half of that season with Dutch club Go Ahead Eagles, scoring twice in 16 matches – his third and final loan spell away from the Emirates.

That summer, Crowley completed a permanent transfer to the Netherlands, signing a three-year deal with Eredivisie outfit Willem II.

Making 10 appearances during his first season, he gained additional experience on loan at Dutch second-tier side SC Cambuur, racking up 17 appearances and netting four goals.

Returning to Willem II for 2018/19, Crowley started all 34 league matches and played a further six cup games as Tricolores reached the KNVB Cup final, losing to Ajax.

He moved back to England with Birmingham in July 2019 and was a regular in the team last season, appearing 41 times in all competitions.

Crowley’s two Blues goals came in a 2-1 FA Cup win over Blackburn and against the Tigers in a 3-3 draw at St Andrew's in June.

Restricted to four appearances this term, the 23-year-old will wear the number 20 jersey for Hull City.


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