Chris Fagan

Christopher "Chris" Fagan, also known as Christy Fagan, (born 11 May 1989) is an Irish footballer who plays as a forward for English side Lincoln City. Born in Dublin, Fagan began his career at Home Farm before signing for Manchester United as a 16-year-old in 2005. However, when he was unable to break into the club's first team, he was released and he joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain. After a trial at Huddersfield Town in March 2009, Fagan was signed by Hamilton Academicals until the end of the 2008-09 season, but he did not make an appearance for the first team. In June 2009, Fagan was signed by Lincoln City.
Career
Club career
Fagan began his football career at his local club, Home Farm; he played for Home Farm until July 2005, when - at the age of 16 - he signed a trainee contract with Manchester United. In his first season in Manchester, Fagan scored six goals in 18 appearances for the club's under-18s team, as well as scoring one goal for the reserve team after coming on as a 62nd-minute substitute for John O'Shea in a 4-1 away Premier Reserve League win over Everton. In 2006-07, he followed this up with another nine goals in 25 appearances for the under-18s - and another goal against Everton for the reserves. He was also a member of the Manchester United youth team that finished as runners-up in the 2006-07 FA Youth Cup, losing 4-3 on penalties. The 2007-08 season saw Fagan take the full step up to the reserve team; however, he made only seven appearances, and although he scored three goals, he was released at the end of the season.
After being released by United, Fagan joined the Glenn Hoddle Academy, an organisation with the objective of providing young footballers with a second chance at a professional contract with a Football League club. In March 2009, Fagan went on trial with Huddersfield Town; he scored a hat-trick on his debut for Huddersfield's reserve team, but he was unable to make an impression there. Nevertheless, he was soon picked up by Hamilton Academicals before the closure of the transfer window on 31 March 2009. However, his involvement at Hamilton was limited to reserve team appearances.
In June 2009, Fagan became the first member of the Glenn Hoddle Academy to secure a professional contract when he signed a two-year contract with Lincoln City.
International career
After playing for the Republic of Ireland at under-17 and under-19 level, Fagan received his first call-up to the Republic of Ireland under-21 side in January 2009 for a friendly against Germany; however, he remained an unused substitute in that match. He received his second call-up to the under-21s in March 2009, taking the place of the injured Sean Scannell for matches against Spain and Turkey - he played in both matches.



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