Date: 22nd February 2016 at 7:58pm
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Sheffield Wednesday hitman Gary Hooper is the One to Watch this Tuesday night.

Name: Gary Hooper

Date of birth: 26.01.1988

Former clubs: Grays Athletic, Southend United, Leyton Orient (L), Hereford (L), Scunthorpe United, Celtic, Norwich City.

Appearances (goals): 429 (187).

Having twice tried and failed to sign Gary Hooper, the striker could have been lining up for the R`s at Hillsborough had things turned out differently, but instead he leads the attack for the Owls in their bid for promotion back to the Premier League for the first time since dropping out of the top-flight 16 years ago.

His first break in football came at non-league side Grays Athletic, where he played for two seasons before he was released at the end of the 2005/2006 campaign, after which he managed to secure himself a big move, signing for Southend United in the Championship following a successful trial period.

The step up initially proved difficult for Hooper, who managed just two goals in the first season for his new club in 25 appearances in all competitions, and towards the end of the campaign he was sent out on loan to Leyton Orient in League One, where he notched two goals in four appearances for the O`s.

The 2007/2008 season saw another loan move for the striker, who after bagging two more goals for the Shrimpers dropped down to League Two with Hereford United for the second half of the campaign, which proved a successful spell for Hooper, as he scored 11 goals in 18 appearances to help the side to promotion.

A move to Scunthorpe United followed in the summer of 2008, as they secured his services for £125,000 rising to £175,000, and it was with the Iron that he really began to make his name, as he found the net 30 times in his debut season at Glanford Park, as the club won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

Hooper saw his efforts rewarded with the club`s Player of the Season award, and it was in the summer of 2009 that the R`s failed in their first attempt to lure the striker to Loftus Road, as Gianni Paladini confirmed that a bid for the frontman had been turned down, believed to have been in the region of £1million.

He found life in the Championship a lot easier than he had in his previous spells at that level with Southend, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, rather predictably including the winner in a 1-0 victory at QPR, and with that came more interest from other clubs in the summer, and in July 2010, he signed for Celtic for £2.4million.

His time in Scotland proved largely successful, as he won two league titles, two Scottish FA Cups, was the league`s top scorer in 2011/2012 and experienced playing in the Champions League group stages in his third and final season with the Hoops, which raised some calls for him to be considered for an international call-up.

After 137 appearances and 82 goals at Celtic Park, a move to QPR looked on the cards as Harry Redknapp saw a bid in the region of £5million accepted prior to the 2013/2014 campaign following relegation to the Championship, but the lure of Premier League football saw Hooper move to newly-promoted Norwich City.

His six league goals were not enough to help the Canaries stave off an immediate return to the second tier, but he would soon be a Premier League player once again as he found the net 12 times as Norwich made it to the play-off final last year, which he had to watch from the bench as they saw off Middlesbrough at Wembley.

After struggling to force his way into the side and making just two appearances for the Norfolk club this term, Hooper moved to Sheffield Wednesday on an emergency loan deal at the end of October, a move that was made permanent last month in what is proving to be a shrewd signing by Owls` boss Carlos Carvalhal.

Hooper has found the net ten times in 17 league appearances for the Yorkshire club, those all having come in his last 11 league outings, taking some of the burden off top scorer Fernando Foristieri, who misses this fixture owing to suspension following two bookings in the 1-0 defeat at Preston at the weekend.