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Premiership Player Profile – Jody Craddock

This Wednesday features the profile of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 34 year old centre-back, Jody Craddock.

Jody Craddock is a centre back currently attached to Premier League team, Wolves. The English defender featured in the Cambridge United team from 1993-1997, where he accumulated 145 league appearances before moving to Sunderland in July 1997 for a fee of £300, 000. During his spell at Sunderland, he helped them gain promotion to the Premier League, however, Craddock found appearances limited in the Premiership and he was soon loaned out to Sheffield United.
Craddock remained at Sunderland until they were relegated from the top flight in 2003, where he was sold to newly promoted Wolves for a fee of £1.75 million in Wolves’ bid to replace the injured Joleon Lescott. Craddock was then made captain by Mick McCarthy in the 2006/2007 campaign. However, come August 2007, Craddock was loaned out to Stoke City, but was soon recalled the following month.

Craddock previously played at Sunderland before transferring to Wolves.

Craddock has gone on loan to other clubs during his time at both Sunderland and Wolves.
At Sunderland, he was loaned out to Sheffield United after The Black Cats were promoted. And at the Molineux, he was loaned out to Stoke City before making a quick return.
The 2008/2009 season saw Craddock break his metatarsal in the opening home game of the season. He spent months recovering and came back towards the end of the campaign by captaining his side to Championship glory and promotion to the Premiership. Craddock amassed 16 appearances in the latter stages of the Championship.

Craddock celebrates after Wolves won the Championship.

This season has seen Craddock as one of Wolves’ top performers in their first season back in the top flight of English football. Craddock has put in brilliant performances for his club, both defensively and offensively as he is currently second in the clubs topscorer’s chart with four goals.
The 34 year old’s most impressive display, arguably comes against Stoke City when the Molineux club were 2-0 down at half time, and Craddock scored a brace to make all honours even between the two clubs. He scored his third goal of the season in the 4-1 defeat against Arsenal before scoring his fourth goal of the season, which set Wolves on their way to victory against Bolton Wanderers.

Jody Craddock celebrates his goal against Bolton.

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