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{{ infobox Football biography 2 | image = Graham Dorrans.jpg | fullname = Graham Dorrans | dateofbirth = 5 May 1987 (1987-05-05) (age 22) | height = 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) | cityofbirth = Glasgow | countryofbirth = Scotland | currentclub = West Bromwich Albion | clubnumber = 17 | position = [Midfielder#Attacking midfielder] / [[Forward (association football)] | years1 = 2003–2008 | years2 = 2005 | years3 = 2008– | clubs1 = Livingston | clubs2 = → Partick Thistle (loan) | clubs3 = West Bromwich Albion | caps1 = 77 | goals1 = 16 | caps2 = 15 | goals2 = 5 | caps3 = 43 | goals3 = 15 | nationalyears1 = 2007 | nationalteam1 = Scotland U20 | nationalcaps1 = 5 | nationalgoals1 = 0 | nationalyears2 = 2008 | nationalteam2 = Scotland U21 | nationalcaps2 = 5 | nationalgoals2 = 0 | nationalyears3 = 2009– | nationalteam3 = Scotland | nationalcaps3 = 3 | nationalgoals3 = 0 | pcupdate = 21:03, 13 March 2010 (UTC) | ntupdate = 14 November 2009 }}

Graham Dorrans (born 5 May 1987 in Glasgow) is a Scottish professional footballer currently playing for West Bromwich Albion in the Championship.

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Club career

Dorrans, who began his career at Livingston, spent the first half of the 2005–06 season on loan at Partick Thistle. He made 15 league appearances, scoring five goals, for the Glasgow side.

After some good performances for Livingston during the 2007–08 season, Dorrans was approached by West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray. In January 2008, Dorrans agreed to join West Brom at the end of the season for £200,000.[1] At the end of the 2007–08 season, Dorrans won the Scottish First Division Player's Player of the year award.[2] In July his move to Albion was completed, but for an initial £100,000, which could possibly rise to £150,000 depending on appearances.[3]

He made his debut in the English Premier League for West Bromwich Albion on 21 December 2008, coming on as a second half substitute against Manchester City.[4] He was involved in Albion's first goal and won praise from Tony Mowbray after the game.[4]Towards the end of the 2008–09 season, Dorrans signed an extended contract with West Brom.[5] On the 15th May, West Brom confirmed that Dorrans would be out for the rest of the season with a broken metatarsal bone.

He scored his first goal for West Brom in a Carling Cup tie at Bury on 11 August 2009. The 2009/2010 season has seen Dorrans break into the West Brom team and his impressive performances for the Baggies has led to reported interest from several premier league clubs. As of January 2010 Dorrans is currently West Brom's top goal scorer. On 4 January 2010, Dorrans signed a new three and a half year deal at the Baggies. On 11 February the same year it was rumoured that Manchester City were ready to make a bid for Dorrans believed to be around £6 million.[6]

International career

Dorrans represented Scotland at under-20 level and was selected for the 2007 U-20 World Cup in Canada.[7] As of May 2009, he has been selected five times for the Scotland national under-21 football team.[5] Dorrans was also selected for the Scotland B national football team in 2009, but withdrew due to injury.[5] On 7 September 2009 Dorrans was called up for the first time for the senior squad. This was to face the Netherlands in a crucial World cup qualifier. On 10 October 2009 he made his full Scotland debut in a friendly against Japan. Dorrans made his home debut for Scotland on 3 March 2010 in the 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic, earning the sponsors man of the match award for his efforts.

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