|Name Shaun Hutchinson|
|Squad number 5|
|Height 6′ 2″|
|Weight 12st 9lbs|
|Born November 23, 1990|
Although he began his career in midfield Shaun Hutchinson has developed into a centre-half of some repute attracting admiring glances from a growing number of sides.
Shaun arrived at Fir Park from Wallsend Boys Club in 2007 after catching the eye during the annual exit trials staged by the English FA at Lillieshall.
Youth Development manager Gordon Young quickly identified attributes in the Geordie that he believed were more suited to a defensive role. Duly paired up alongside Jonathan Page in the U19′s the duo formed a terrific centre pairing.
He soon became a regular in the reserve team and then made his senior debut in a 3-0 victory over Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park late in Mark McGhee’s reign as ‘Well boss.
The defender was rewarded with a two-year contract and he began the following season in good form under Jim Gannon.
He scored his first goal for the club in the 8-1 thrashing of Flamurtari in the Europa League and retained his place in the side for the start of the SPL campaign, scoring again in the opening day draw against St Johnstone.
His scoring streak continued at home to Kilmarnock the following week, netting a stunning volley in a 3-1 win at Fir Park.
Reflecting his growing status at the club, the defender then signed a lengthy new contract, only to be immediately sidelined for several weeks by a hamstring injury.
He returned to action for three games in October but his injury problems weren’t over and he had to endure another spell on the treatment table before making his comeback and scoring in the 6-1 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox in December.
Yet more injury woes followed for the Englishman and by the time of his return Motherwell, by now under the charge of former Scotland manager Craig Brown, were homing in on a Europa League place and the veteran manager opted for experience over youth.
A solid start to the 2010’11 campaign by ‘Well again saw Hutchinson on the fringes of the squad and his short-term prospects of breaking back into the first team did not appear too good when he was allowed to join Second Division Ayr Utd on loan.
An injury would prevent him from playing for the Honest Man but better times would soon be around the corner. Manager Brown elected to leave Fir Park to join Aberdeen and defensive lynch-pin Mark Reynolds moved south to Sheffield Wednesday.
Incoming manager Stuart McCall turned to Shaun and he the Geordie has been a mainstay in the Motherwell first-team ever since as the Motherwell manager has witnessed his side secure successive top half finishes, reach the 2011 Scottish Cup Final and play in both the Champions League and Europa League.
The departures of Stephen Craigan and Tim Clancy in the summer of 2012 meant Shaun had to establish a defensive partnership with Simon Ramsden and over time the pair have developed a sound understanding, with Hutchinson’s performances in particular attracting praise. So much so in fact that he was chosen in the SPFA Team of the season along with three of his ‘Well team-mates.
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