Gary James Cahill
(born 19 December 1985 in Sheffield
, South Yorkshire
) is an English footballer
who currently plays for Bolton Wanderers
of the Premier League
and the England national team
Cahill started his career at AFC Dronfield, a Sunday league team in Derbyshire
, where he played up until the age of 15. At that point, whilst training with Derby County Academy, he signed for Aston Villa's academy
Cahill previously played for Burnley
on loan and during his spell, which began in November 2004, he was handed the accolades of Burnley's Player Of The Year and Young Player Of The Year and scored once in the league against Stoke City.
He made his Villa debut as a substitute in the 5–0 defeat at Arsenal
and impressed on his first start in the local derby game against West Bromwich Albion
at Villa Park
on 9 April 2006.
Just a week later he scored his first goal; an overhead kick against rivals Birmingham City
. Villa went on to win the match 3–1.
Cahill started the following season injured, but took advantage of an injury to Martin Laursen
later in the season to force his way into the Villa team. He made several appearances for Villa during the 2006-07 season
and was widely considered to be a terrific prospect.
On 19 September 2007, Cahill joined Sheffield United
on a three month loan deal. He made his debut in a 3–2 away defeat at......