WILL Grigg could not have been given a tougher international debut when he was asked to play as a lone striker against a hugely talented Netherlands outfit at the Amsterdam Arena.
Northern Ireland lost Michael O’Neill’s second game in charge 6-0 to the Dutch that June evening in 2012, but Grigg worked tirelessly for the duration of the match, his only full ninety minutes to date for his adopted country.
Grigg was at Birmingham City as a teenager but was released in 2007 and drifted into non-league football before an opportunity arose to get back into the professional game with Walsall.
An impressive 2012/13 season, when he scored 20 goals in 45 games for the Saddlers, earned him a move to fellow League One side Brentford in the summer of 2013.
Unfortunately he failed to make a real impact at Griffin Park and spent the following campaign on-loan with MK Dons where he scored 20 league goals as they gained automatic promotion to the Championship.
In July 2015 Wigan Athletic paid nearly £1 million to Brentford for Grigg’s services and he repaid them in full by bagging 28 goals in 43 games as they stormed to the League One title.
Although a regular fixture in Michael O’Neill’s squad during the EURO 2016 qualifying campaign he failed to register any minutes on the pitch being an unused substitute in eight of the ten matches.
Grigg celebrated his selection to O'Neill's 23-man squad going to France by scoring his first ever International goal in the 3-0 friendly win over Belarus.
In January 2019 Grigg moved to League One Sunderland from Wigan Athletic for a fee in the region of £4 million.
|DOB||3rd July 1991|
|Height||5'11 / 1.80m|
|Weight||11.00 / 70kg|
|Debut||2nd June 2012 v Netherlands (a) (lost 0-6)|
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