Powerful striker Aaron, from the same lineage as 1990s reggae hitmaker Bitty McLean, signed from Peterborough United on New Years Day 2011 to add goals to Nigel Pearson’s Championship attack. His role was more as support striker to Matty Fryatt’s lethal finishing. A regular under Nick Barmby, McLean fell out of favour under Steve Bruce and played his last City game, and scored his last City goal, in the Third Round of the FA Cup at Middlesbrough – the first step towards the Wembley final, as it turned out.
Born in West End Hammersmith but raised in East End Dagenham, Londoner McLean began his career as a junior at Leyton Orient, where he played forty league games as a teenager. But at 19 he dropped into the Conference playing for Aldershot Town and then Grays Athletic. It was McLean’s goal every two games record at the Essex side that saw Peterborough United’s legendary non-league scouting tentacles reach for his services – back in the League, in four years Aaron extended that strike rate as he bagged 80+ goals.
McLean departed the KCOM Stadium in January 2014 following two loan spells at Ipswich Town and Birmingham City. At Ipswich he caused a Twitter outrage when he bemoaned the state of the Suffolk county town’s feeble retail offer. He signed for Bradford City but never managed to match his previous form at Valley Parade and by 2015 he moved to Barnet. After half a season in North London he headed east, again dropping to the fifth tier with Ebbsfleet United. He started with goals aplenty but then suffered a serious knee injury, which eventually prompted his retirement in May 2018.
Between 2003 and 2006 McLean was capped five times for the England C team, the squad drawn from the cream of non-league talent.
Date/Place of Birth: 25 May 1983, Hammersmith
Hull City First Game: 1 January 2011, Leicester City H (Championship), 27 years, 221 days old
Hull City Final Game: 4 January 2014, Middlesbrough A (FA Cup Third Round), 30 years, 224 days old
Leyton Orient (1999-2003), Grays Athletic (2002, loan), Aldershot Town (2003-2005), Grays Athletic (2005-2007), Peterborough United (2006-2007, loan), Peterborough United (2007-2011), Hull City (2011-2014), Ipswich Town (2013, loan), Birmingham City (2013, loan), Bradford City (2014-2015), Peterborough United (2014-2015, loan), Barnet (2015-2016), Ebbsfleet United (2016-2018)
Hull City Record
Career: 84 apps, 13 goalsAaron McLean
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