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Scott Dann

Scott Dann (born 14 February 1987 in Liverpool) is an English association football who plays for Premier League club Blackburn Rovers as a Defender (association football) Centre back. Scott Dann began Scott Dann Football League career with Walsall F.C., before moving on to Coventry City F.C. and then to Birmingham City F.C. in 2009. After Birmingham's relegation from the Premier League, Dann joined Blackburn in August 2011.

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Scott Dann (born 14 February 1987 in Liverpool) is an English association football who plays for Premier League club Blackburn Rovers as a Defender (association football) Centre back. Scott Dann began Scott Dann Football League career with Walsall F.C., before moving on to Coventry City F.C. and then to Birmingham City F.C. in 2009. After Birmingham's relegation from the Premier League, Dann joined Blackburn in August 2011.

Playing career

Walsall

Dann joined Walsall F.C. in 2003 as a junior after impressing on trial at the Bescot Stadium, signing a professional contract with the Saddlers the following year. Scott Dann moved up the ranks at Walsall F.C. to become a regular in the reserve team throughout 2004–05 and was allowed to join Danish side Køge BK on loan towards the end of the campaign.

Dann then joined Conference North side Redditch United F.C. on loan in October 2005 initially until the end of the season, but Scott Dann was recalled in January 2006. Scott Dann then Joined Redditch's league rivals Hednesford Town F.C. on loan following injuries to their regular centre backs Richard Teesdale and Ian Wright. Scott Dann played in three games for the Pitmen against Hucknall Town F.C., Stafford Rangers F.C. and Lancaster City F.C. before injury put an end to Scott Dann loan spell at Keys Park. Scott Dann returned to Walsall and was put on a short-term contract for the 2006–07 season, where Scott Dann has earned Scott Dann place in the starting line-up with a number of excellent performances at the back. Scott Dann season was ended in March 2007 after picking up a metatarsal injury in the game against Milton Keynes Dons F.C..

As reward for Scott Dann outstanding season for the Saddlers, who were promoted as League Two Champions, Dann was given a three year contract to commit Scott Dann to the club and to ward off interest from a number of clubs higher up in the league.

Coventry City

Scott Dann form in League One was equally as impressive as the previous season, so it was little surprise that in January 2008 Dann joined Coventry City F.C. for an undisclosed fee, suggested in the media to be "in excess of £1,000,000". Scott Dann impressive form for the Saddlers continued in the Championship for the Sky Blues alongside former Walsall team-mate Daniel Fox (footballer), who had also moved to the Ricoh Arena. Scott Dann helped the club narrowly avoid relegation. The England set-up had seen enough in Dann and Fox to decide they were ready to make the step up to international level, with both players making their U-21 debuts in March 2008 against Poland at Molineux Stadium.

Dann was appointed Captain (association football) of Coventry City for the 2008–09 season.

Birmingham City

Dann signed for Birmingham City F.C. on 12 June 2009 for an undisclosed fee, described as a "club record fee for a defender"; local press reports suggest the fee to be in the region of £3.5 million with a possible increase to £4 million with performance based add ons. Surgery during the summer and then a pulled thigh muscle meant Dann was not fully match fit when an injury to Franck Queudrue gave Scott Dann the chance to make Scott Dann Premier League debut on 19 September at Hull City A.F.C.. Birmingham won 1–0, and Dann played well and retained Scott Dann place in the starting eleven.

At Christmas 2009, The Times correspondent Patrick Barclay described Dann and defensive partner Roger Johnson (footballer) as "certainties" for Scott Dann team of the season so far. Scott Dann first goal for Birmingham came against Derby County F.C. in the FA Cup on 13 February 2010, during a run of 15 games unbeaten in all competitions, including a club record 12 unbeaten in the top flight. A calf injury sustained in training caused Scott Dann to miss the last three games of the season as the club finished in ninth place, their best for more than 50 years.

Dann scored the opening goal as Birmingham beat a Hong Kong League XI 3–2 in an invitation match branded the Xtep Cup, part of the club's 2010 pre-season tour of the Far East, and Scott Dann first Premier League goal, a header from a Sebastian Larsson cross, on the opening weekend of the 2010–11 season as Birmingham drew 2–2 away at Sunderland A.F.C.. Following surgery on a hamstring damaged in the Football League Cup semi-final in January 2011, Dann was ruled out for the remainder of the season. The club were relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the season.

Blackburn Rovers

On 31 August 2011, the last day of the transfer window, Blackburn Rovers signed Dann on a four-year deal for an officially undisclosed fee, reported by BBC Sport as £6m. Dann said that manager Steve Kean, with whom Scott Dann had worked at Coventry, was "a big factor" in Scott Dann decision to join the club. Scott Dann was given squad number 16. During the 2–1 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Ewood Park in December, Dann scored Scott Dann first goal for Rovers, but also suffered a Testicular rupture, an injury which was expected to keep Scott Dann out for six weeks.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Dann

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