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Steve Davies
Steve Davies
Personal information
Full name Steven Gary Davies
Date of birth December 29, 1987 (1987-12-29) (age 22)
Place of birth    Liverpool, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Derby County
Number 20
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2005–2008
2008–
Tranmere Rovers
Derby County
060 00(5)
030 00(4)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 22:00, 13 March 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Steven Gary "Steve" Davies (born 29 December 1987 in Liverpool, England) is an English footballer who currently plays as a striker for Derby County.

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Career

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Tranmere Rovers

Davies came through the youth ranks at Tranmere Rovers, making his first team debut at the age of 17 on the 12 August 2005 in a 4-0 victory against Oldham Athletic. He went on to make another 25 appearances in all competitions (the majority as substitute) during the 2005-06 season, scoring twice.

Though initially established as a striker, lack of starting opportunities due to the form of Chris Greenacre saw him switch to the left wing from which he scored his first goal of the 2006-07 season in Tranmere's victory over Blackpool. Davies impressed on the wing and made 33 appearances, though he only scored once.

Following an impressive performance against them on the opening day of the 2007-08 season, Leeds United unsuccessfully attempted to sign the winger on three separate occasions, though a statement on the Tranmere website on 29 August 2007 saw manager Ronnie Moore refuse to rule out that a deal might eventually be made, though nothing eventually came of Leeds interest. Davies was involved in all 10 of Tranmere's opening fixtures but missed the majoirty of the rest of the campaign through injury, only returning to the side in April 2008 for the 2-0 home defeat against Forest. Davies finished the season with 12 appearances and two goals.

Davies contract with Tranmere expired at the close of the 2007-08 season season and he attracted the interest of Championship side Derby, with Rams manager Paul Jewell willing to go to a tribunal to secure his services.[1].

Derby County

Davies signed a three year deal with Derby on June 12, 2008.[2] As the two clubs could not agree a fee for Davies, on the 26th August 2008 a tribunal ordered Derby to pay Tranmere up to £725,000 in compensation. This figure comprises an initial fee of £275,000, an extra £250,000 based on appearances and an additional £200,000 if Derby win promotion to the Premiership within 3 years.

Davies scored his first goal for Derby County on July 16, 2008 in a pre season friendly against Burton Albion, taking on 3 players before driving it into the bottom corner with his right foot. He made his competitive first team debut against Doncaster Rovers on 9 August 2008 replacing Andrejs Perepļotkins in the 64th minute, before making his first start against Lincoln City on 12 August 2008 in the 3-1 Carling Cup victory. He scored his first goal against Birmingham City on 30 September 2008, equalising in the closing minutes by getting on the end of a Nacer Barazite free kick to earn a 1-1 draw. He scored the winning goal in the F.A. Cup tie against Forest Green Rovers from the penalty spot to seal a 4-3 win before again scoring from the penalty spot against local rivals Nottingham Forest in a game which Derby won 3-1. Davies' fourth goal for the club came in the 84th minute away at Southampton where he salvaged a 1-1 draw for the Rams. At the end of March 2009, he suffered a hairline fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and was ruled out for the rest of the season.[3]

Davies enjoyed a successful 2009/10 pre season for Derby, scoring four goals in as many games, prompting manager Nigel Clough to challenge to maintain the form and claim a first team spot heading into the new season. Despite starting in the first team, a succession of injuries meant that Davies only played in two matches between the end of August 2009 and January 2010. After returning to the side in a 1-1 draw away to Millwall in the FA Cup third round on 2 January 2010, Davies embarked on a run of four consecutive appearances, though three were as substitute, his best run of matches since March 2009, and netted twice - the equaliser in the Third Round replay against Millwall and a penalty in a 3-0 win at Peterborough United.

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