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Daniel Ballard




Date of birth







Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland international defender Daniel Ballard became Gary Rowett's third signing of the summer transfer window on 1st July 2021, putting pen-to-paper on a season-long loan deal.

Ballard, a youth product of The Gunners, has made three appearances for the North London club's Under 21 set-up in the Checkatrade Trophy (now named the Papa John's Trophy), and made three appearances for Swindon Town on loan, scoring in a Checkatrade Trophy tie against Chelsea's Under 21s, before spending the 2020/21 campaign at Blackpool.

The centre-back went on to make 30 appearances for The Tangerines, scoring twice, as they won the League One Play-Offs after defeating Oxford United in the Semi-Finals and Lincoln City in the showpiece occasion at Wembley Stadium.

As well as promotion, Ballard's form has also earned him international recognition, making his Northern Ireland debut in a Nations League encounter in Romania in September 2020. The defender has played eight more times for his country since, including a 2022 World Cup qualifier at home to Bulgaria.

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