An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, Gavin Whyte…
Belfast-born Whyte came through the youth ranks at Crusaders in his native Northern Ireland, first breaking into the senior side in 2014.
The exciting winger scored an impressive 10 goals in 37 matches during his breakthrough season of 2014/15 as the Hatchetmen were crowned NIFL Premiership Champions.
Crusaders retained the title the following season before finishing runners-up in 2016/17, with Whyte scoring three and 10 goals in those campaigns respectively.
The 2017/18 season could hardly have gone any better as he plundered a career-best 24 goals in 44 games and helped Crusaders regain the NIFL Premiership crown.
His outstanding performances were recognised with the 2017/18 Ulster Footballer of the Year and the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year awards.
After 47 goals in 150 appearances at Seaview, the time had come to test himself in English football, with Whyte joining League One Oxford for an undisclosed fee in July 2018.
He opened his U’s account in his second appearance and first start – a 2-0 EFL Cup win over Coventry – and netted in two of United’s next three matches, against Accrington and Newport.
His goalscoring streak continued as he bagged just 108 seconds after coming on for his international debut against Israel in a 3-0 win at Windsor Park in September 2018.
Whyte was one of Oxford’s standout performers in 2018/19 and ended the season with nine strikes in 47 outings.
The highlight of his one-season stay at the Kassam Stadium came away to Shrewsbury as his hat-trick earned the 10-man Yellows a 3-2 win.
The diminutive wide man’s excellent displays again earned him admiring glances from elsewhere and Cardiff paid a seven-figure fee for his signature in July 2019.
He featured 30 times last term, scoring once in an FA Cup tie against Carlisle, as the Bluebirds reached the Championship play-offs after finishing fifth, losing in the semi-finals to Fulham.
Whyte’s first appearance of this season saw him notch his second international goal – a late equaliser in a 1-1 Nations League draw in Romania.
He was also involved in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovakia, with Ian Baraclough’s side winning the semi-final on penalties before losing the final in extra-time.
Now with 10 international caps to his name, Whyte played seven times for Cardiff earlier this season prior to his loan switch to the KCOM Stadium.
The 24-year-old, who celebrates his 25th birthday later this month, has scored 57 goals in 234 career club appearances overall.