Canice Carroll Player Profile
Debut: Exeter City (A, 1-2), 08/02/2020
The January 2020 transfer deadline day was a hectic one for us; Canice Carroll one of four new signings – but the only permanent one. Billed as a versatile midfielder, it was going to be a quick induction for the lad at the Lamex; Boro’ in dire need of some spark, with the spectre of relegation starting to loom large over the club. To be fair, the boss – Graham Westley – had done his homework and knew who he wanted. Now it was down to Carroll to prove him right.
Canice Carroll: Before Boro’
For much of his career, Carroll had been on the books at Oxford United; starting out at the Kassam as a young ‘un in 2006. In 2015, he secured a scholarship with the club – but that soon became a pro deal in a matter of months. Must be a quick learner, eh? While the 2017-8 campaign is described elsewhere as something of a breakthrough season for him, first team chances were few and far between. Even so, there was enough about him that made Brentford take note; the London club signing him on a two-year B-team deal in 2018.
As a regular member of the Bees’ B team (and that’s not easy to say), Carroll also had a chance to prove himself out on loan. He joined Swindon Town in January 2019; turning out 17 times and scoring once. For a defensive midfield, that’s not such a bad return. And if you compare it with our 2019-20 scoring charts up to the point he came to us, it’s a brilliant one! Anyway, that’s by the by. He also played for Carlisle United on loan – and was with the Cumbrians right up until the point we moved in. Not that they were a side in our sights as we battled for survival. Ho hum.