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Wayne Andrews (striker) 2007

Andrews in his Coventry daysBorn: Paddington, London, 25 November 1977

Wayne Andrews was a journeyman striker who spent a month on loan at Elland Road in October 2007 with Leeds struggling to field an attack. Jermaine Beckford and Tresor Kandol were suspended after being sent off at Gillingham, while Leon Constantine and Tore Andre Flo were both unavailable through injury. Dennis Wise signed Andrews and Leicester City's Mark De Vries on loan to mitigate the crisis.

The initial deal for Andrews was a one-month arrangement with the option to extend until the end of December. The striker saw the move as an opportunity to resurrect his career as he slipped down the pecking order at the Ricoh Arena. He said at the time: "We've got six or seven forwards at Coventry, and I haven't been playing. I've scored plenty of goals for the reserves and I feel sharp, but that's not enough for me. This is the sort of opportunity I've been looking for because I had to get out and play. But I wanted it to be the right club, and I didn't want to go to a club where I'd be a bit-part player. It's important that I make a big contribution wherever I go.

"I don't know exactly what my future is, and it might still be with Coventry, but the manager (Wise) has Andrews in action for United in his only League appearance at Oldham on 2 October 2007said that if I do well for him then something else might come of it. At this stage of my career, it's important to look at the bigger picture."

Andrews made two appearances, against Oldham in League One and in the Johnstones Paint Trophy defeat of Darlington, but failed to impress and returned to Coventry having made just two appearances for Leeds.

The Londoner, nicknamed 'Black Flash' for his lightning pace, began his career with Watford in 1994 and he made his debut for the Hornets on 17 August 1996, coming on as substitute in a 2-1 victory at Bournemouth. Ten days later he made his first League start and appeared in more than half the club's games that season. He broke an ankle early in 1997/98, and in October 1998, with Watford back in Division One, Andrews was sent out on loan to Cambridge and then Peterborough in February 1999. He scored four goals on his debut for the Posh, a 5-2 defeat of Barnet, and five in ten appearances all told.

Watford released Andrews from his contract in April 1999 and he joined non-League St Albans City for a season, going on to spend a year each at Aldershot Town and Chesham United, before Iain Dowie brought him back into the Football League with Oldham in the summer of 2002. He scored 11 goals in 36 appearances for the Latics before signing for Colchester in 2003. A year later he was reunited with Dowie, who had taken over at Crystal Palace and led the Eagles into the Andrews playing for Leyton Orient Reserves against SouthendPremiership.

Andrews remained a couple of seasons at Selhurst Park without establishing himself and his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in June 2006, allowing him to sign for Coventry City. Again he struggled to make an impact and over the next couple of seasons spent most of his time out on loan, at Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Leeds and Bristol Rovers.

He was released by Coventry at the end of the 2007/08 campaign and spent pre-season recovering from a knee injury by training with Bristol Rovers in the hope of earning a contract. He signed a short term deal for Luton in October 2008, but was released at the beginning of 2009, going on to train with Yeovil, Leyton Orient and Yeovil again as he sought unsuccessfully to find a club willing to offer him a deal.

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