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Gary Hooper

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Biography

Date of birth

26/01/1988

Height

175 cm

Signed

22/01/2016

Country

England

Gary Hooper returned to Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent transfer from Premier League side Norwich in January 2016 following a hugely successful loan spell at Hillsborough.

The in-form striker signed a three and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old joined Wednesday on a temporary basis in October 2015 and made 13 appearances in total.

Hooper opened his account for the club in the clash against MK Dons back in December 2015 and entered into a prolific spell with six goals in as many games.

The former Celtic and Scunthorpe man scored his first Hillsborough goal in a 4-1 win over Wolves and starred in home victories over Bolton and Leeds.

During the hard-fought win over Wanderers, Hooper struck twice after the break as the Owls claimed a 3-2 victory.

In the 2016/17 campaign Hooper played 24 goals, scoring six goals.

He scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Derby in April at Hillsborough to end the Owls' 13-game winless home run against the Rams. 

Hooper started out as a youngster with Grays Athletic and then Southend before productive loan spells with Leyton Orient and Hereford.

His career in front of goal really took off with Scunthorpe, for whom he scored 50 goals from 88 starts.

That impressive pedigree in the final third led to interest from SPL giants Celtic, who signed the hitman for £2.4m in July 2010.

In a three-year stint at Parkhead that included Champions League football, Hooper plundered 63 goals from just 90 league starts, which led to a £5m move to Norwich in the summer of 2013.

He scored 18 times from 38 starts, helping the Canaries to the Premier League via the play-offs in May 2015.