Romaine Sawyers

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Romaine Sawyers
Romaine Sawyers 2014.jpg
Sawyers playing for Walsall in 2014
Personal information
Full name Romaine Theodore Sawyers[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-02) 2 November 1991 (age 27)[2]
Place of birth Birmingham, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[3]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Brentford
Number 19
Youth career
2004–2009 West Bromwich Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2013 West Bromwich Albion 0 (0)
2011 Port Vale (loan) 1 (0)
2012 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 7 (0)
2013 Walsall (loan) 4 (0)
2013–2016 Walsall 133 (16)
2016– Brentford 93 (6)
National team
2011–2012 Saint Kitts and Nevis U23 3 (4)
2012– Saint Kitts and Nevis 22 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21:22, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Romaine Theodore Sawyers (born 2 November 1991) is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Championship club Brentford, where he is club captain, and for the Nevisian national team.

A West Bromwich Albion academy graduate, he had brief spells on loan at Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town and Walsall. He signed with Walsall in July 2013, following his release from West Brom. He played on the losing side in the 2015 final of the Football League Trophy. He was named in League One's PFA Team of the Year for his performances in the 2015–16 season. He joined Brentford in July 2016.

Club career

West Bromwich Albion

Sawyers first made the West Bromwich Albion substitute bench for the final game of the 2008–09 season. Following this, he won his first professional contract with the club.[4] However, he spent most of the 2009–10 season nursing a knee injury.

On 21 January 2011, he joined Jim Gannon's Port Vale on a one-month loan, along with Kayleden Brown.[5][6] He made his debut for the League Two club two days later, in a 1–0 defeat to Cheltenham Town at Vale Park, replacing Adam Yates.[7] However this was to be his only game for the club, as the pair returned to The Hawthorns after the loan spell ended with Sawyers having made no further first team appearances.[8]

On 27 January 2012, he joined Graham Turner's League Two Shrewsbury Town on a one-month loan,[9] and the following day he was named as an unused substitute for the 2–0 win at Hereford United.[10] He made his first league start against Torquay United at Plainmoor on 11 February.[11] On 25 February, it was announced his loan had been extended until the end of the 2011–12 season.[12] In total he made two starts and five substitute appearances for the "Shrews".[13]

Walsall

Sawyers joined League One club Walsall on loan in March 2013; "Saddlers" manager Dean Smith said that "He's a talented lad who can play-off the front-man... I know that Albion rate him highly, so it's good to have him on board."[14] He made four substitute appearances for the club. He was released by West Brom in June 2013.[15]

Following his release from West Brom, Sawyers signed a permanent one-year deal at Walsall in July 2013; Dean Smith stated that he saw potential and an excellent attitude in the player despite his limited playing time on loan.[16] On 17 August 2013, he marked his first senior start for Walsall with his first goal from 25 yards in a 1–1 draw with Notts County at the Bescot Stadium.[17] He finished the 2013–14 season with seven goals in 49 appearances, and signed a new two-year deal with the club, which will keep him contracted to the summer of 2016.[18]

He played in the 2015 final of the Football League Trophy, a 2–0 defeat to Bristol City, which was Walsall's first appearance at Wembley Stadium.[19] In total he scored five goals in 51 appearances in the 2014–15 season, and was praised by manager Dean Smith despite being criticised by some supporters.[20]

He was named in League One's PFA Team of the Year for his performances in the 2015–16 season, alongside teammate Rico Henry.[21] He was also nominated for the PFA League One 'Player of the Year', and finished as runner-up to Gillingham's Bradley Dack.[22] He rejected the club's offer a new contract and departed as a free agent at the end of the season.[23]

Brentford

On 1 July 2016, Sawyers signed with Championship club Brentford in a move that reunited him with former Walsall boss Dean Smith.[24] He made his debut for the "Bees" in a 2–1 away defeat to Huddersfield Town on the opening day of the 2016–17 season.[25] He scored his first goal for Brentford in a 2–0 win over West London derby rivals Queens Park Rangers on 28 October.[26] He ended the 2016–17 campaign with three goals in 45 matches, helping Brentford a tenth-place finish as the key link between defence and attack.[27]

He scored five goals and contributed five assists in 44 appearances across the 2017–18 season as Brentford finished in ninth position, and was described as "one of the standout players at Griffin Park this season with his touch and passing range impressing many".[28] He was voted Players’ Player of the Year by the Brentford squad and was also named as Community Player of the Year.[29]

Soon after taking charge at Brentford, new manager Thomas Frank named Sawyers as the new club captain in November 2018.[30]

International career

Sawyers represented Saint Kitts and Nevis under-23s in the second round of the Caribbean Football Union's qualifying phase for the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament. In the three games the team played, he scored four goals.[31]

He was called up to the full team for the qualification for the 2012 Caribbean Cup. He scored a goal and claimed an assist on his debut, in a 2–0 win over Anguilla at the Warner Park Sporting Complex in Basseterre.[32]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 18 September 2018
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
West Bromwich Albion 2008–09[33] Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Port Vale (loan) 2010–11[34] League Two 1 0 1 0
Shrewsbury Town (loan) 2011–12[13] League Two 7 0 7 0
Walsall (loan) 2012–13[35] League One 4 0 4 0
Walsall 2013–14[36] League One 44 6 2 1 2 0 1[a] 0 49 7
2014–15[37] League One 42 4 2 0 2 0 5[a] 1 51 5
2015–16[38] League One 46 5 5 0 3 1 3[a] 0 57 6
Total 136 15 9 1 7 1 9 1 161 18
Brentford 2016–17[39] Championship 43 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 45 3
2017–18[40] Championship 42 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 44 5
2018–19[41] Championship 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Total 93 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 97 8
Career total 201 17 11 2 7 1 9 1 228 21
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Football League Trophy

International

As of matches played 13 May 2018[42]
International statistics
National team Year Apps Goals
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2012 3 1
2014 6 1
2015 5 1
2016 5 1
2017 2 0
2018 1 0
Total 22 4

Honours

Walsall

Individual

References

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  2. ^ "Romaine Sawyers". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Romaine Sawyers Player Profile - ESPN FC". www.espnfc.com. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Baggies trio get first contracts". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  5. ^ Shaw, Steve (21 January 2011). "Port Vale: Three in as Jim Gannon bolsters squad". Retrieved 21 January 2011.
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  8. ^ Shaw, Steve (19 February 2011). "Port Vale: Gannon will fight to keep Pope". The Sentinel. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Shrewsbury sign West Brom's Romaine Sawyers on loan". BBC Sport. 27 January 2012. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  10. ^ "BBC Sport – Hereford 0–2 Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  11. ^ "BBC Sport – Torquay vs Shrewsbury". BBC Sport. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Graham Turner fancies Shrewsbury Town promotion chances". www.shropshirestar.com. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
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  14. ^ "Sawyers Signs". Walsall FC. 28 March 2013.
  15. ^ "Baggies also hand O'Neil and Roofe new contracts". wba.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
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  17. ^ "Walsall 1–1 Notts County". BBC Sport. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  18. ^ "NEW DEAL FOR SAWYERS". Walsall FC. 1 May 2014. Archived from the original on 4 May 2014.
  19. ^ a b Chapman, Caroline (22 March 2015). "Bristol City 2 – 0 Walsall". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
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  21. ^ a b "PFA awards: Leicester and Spurs dominate Premier League team". BBC Sport. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
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  24. ^ "Romaine Sawyers set to join Dean Smith at Brentford". BBC Sport. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Huddersfield Town 2–1 Brentford". BBC Sport. 6 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
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  28. ^ Moore, Tom (20 April 2018). "Sawyers outlines his playing style and reflects on his season". getwestlondon. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Romaine Sawyers - Brentford FC Players' Player of the Year 2017/18". brentfordfc.com. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Romaine Sawyers joining up with St Kitts and Nevis next week". brentfordfc.com. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  31. ^ "Olympic Qualifying 2012". Archived from the original on 15 October 2012. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  32. ^ "Winning start for Trinidad and St.Kitts in football". Stabroek News. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  33. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  34. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2010/2011". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  35. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2012/2013". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  36. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2013/2014". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  37. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2014/2015". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  38. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2015/2016". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  39. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2016/2017". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  40. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2017/2018". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
  41. ^ "Games played by Romaine Sawyers in 2018/2019". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 1 January 2017.
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External links

  • Romaine Sawyers at Soccerbase
  • Romaine Sawyers at National-Football-Teams.com
  • Romaine SawyersFIFA competition record (archive)
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