Player of the Day: David Healy

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Former Northern Ireland international in the spotlight.

Former Northern Ireland international David Healy spent two years on Wearside, making 21 appearances and scoring three goals.

Healy progressed through the youth ranks at Manchester United to make three first-team appearances before joining Preston North End, after an initial loan spell, in 2001.

He spent six seasons at Deepdale, scoring a total of 45 goals in 156 games in a spell that also included a loan move to Norwich City.

Whilst with the Lilywhites, Healy notched his first-ever goal at the Stadium of Light as North End drew 3-3 with Sunderland in March 2004.

In 2004, Healy moved to Leeds United and went on to score 31 goals in 121 appearances for the Elland Road outfit during his three seasons with the club.

The County Down-born frontman spent a season with Fulham, scoring one of his six goals for the Cottagers in a 3-1 home defeat to Sunderland.

In July 2008, Healy joined the Black Cats and scored the winning goal on his debut as Sunderland defeated Nottingham Forest 2-1 in the League Cup.

His first league goal came in February 2009 in a 2-0 home win over Stoke City, a week after he had notched in a 2-1 away defeat at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.

Spells on loan with Ipswich Town and Doncaster Rovers followed before Healy moved north of the border to Glasgow Rangers.

After two years with Rangers, in which time he scored five goals in 25 appearances, Northern Ireland’s record international marksman spent a season with Bury before retiring in 2013.

The former SPL winner and Preston North End Player of the Year in 2004 made a total of 95 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring 36 goals.