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Lionel Ainsworth

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

01/10/1987

Height

175 cm

Signed

01/07/2017

Country

England

WINGER Lionel was Argyle's first signing of the summer, coming to Home Park after being released by Scottish Premiership side Motherwell following more than 120 appearances for Argyle manager Derek Adams' former side.

The Nottingham-born attacker's first club was Derby County, for who he made his debut, as a late substitute, against Argyle in County's 1-0 Championship victory at Pride Park on February 25, 2006.

After loan spells at Bournemouth, Halifax and Wycombe, Lionel was released by Derby at the end of the following season and signed for League Two Hereford United, scoring a hat-trick against Yeovil in his second appearance.

After only half a season at Edgar Street, Lionel returned to the Championship with Watford, for whom he made his full debut in a 1-0 Championship defeat at Vicarage Road, with David Norris scoring an 89th-minute winner for the Pilgrims.

After a loan spell back at Hereford, Lionel joined League One Huddersfield, moving on to League Two Shrewsbury after another loan, at Brentford. Spells at Burton, Rotherham – where he played in the Millers’ first game at the New York Stadium – and Aldershot followed, before he moved north of the border to join Motherwell for the 2013-14 season.

In three seasons at Fir Park, Lionel made 138 appearances in the Scottish Premiership and cup, including the Europa League, scoring 27 goals and assisting another 29.

Lionel is sponsored by Symmetry Counselling

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