Paul Heffernan scored some key goals throughout his Doncaster Rovers career and joined Hibernian from Kilmarnock in 2013. Unfortunately, he was unable to save Hibs from relegation to the championship.
Debut: Hibernian (0) vs Ross County (0) - Scottish Premier League - 31/08/2013
Paul Heffernan was born in Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland in 1981 and began his senior career with Notts County in 1999.
He made his league debut, coming on as a substitute for Kevin Rapley in the 76th minute, in a 1–0 loss against Oldham Athletic in April 2000 and went onto win the "Young Player of the Year" in the 2002/03 season after scoring 10 goals in 25 matches. Paul made 100 appearances for Notts County scoring 35 times before joining Bristol City in 2004. He made his debut, on the opening game of the season, in a 1–1 draw against Torquay United but four months into joining the club, his form went sour and Notts County attempted to sign him on loan. Due to the form of Steve Brooker and Leroy Lita, his chances in the first team were limited while also being hindered by injury and by the end of the season, Paul expressed his desire to leave Bristol City.
He joined Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2005 for £125,000, which was then a new record transfer fee paid by the club. During five years with Doncaster, Paul spent time on loan with Oldham Athletic and Bristol Rovers before going onto join Sheffield Wednesday. He struggled to earn a first-team place at the club however and by the end of the 2010/11 season, Paul had made 21 appearances and scored three times in all competitions. He left Sheffield Wednesday by mutual consent in June 2011 and shortly after joined Kilmarnock.
Paul Heffernan celebrates with Scott Robertson after scoring against St Mirren.
He scored his first two goals for Kilmarnock in a 4–1 win over Hibernian at Rugby Park in August 2011 and his good form continued as he went on to score a hat-trick in the Scottish League Cup third round match against Queen of the South. In his first season, Paul made 36 appearances and scored 15 times in all competitions, becoming joint top-scorer with Dean Shiels but missed out on the first nine matches of the next season due to a collarbone injury.
Following the arrival of Kris Boyd and disagreement with the chairman, Paul agreed a deal in August 2013 with Kilmarnock's Scottish Premiership rivals Hibernian until the end of the 2014/15 season. He made his debut for Hibs in a goalless draw with Ross County and scored his first of five Hibs goal in a 2–1 away win against St Johnstone a few weeks later. He scored again in the next game, in a 2–0 win over St Mirren but found his playing time and scoring form limited, spending most of his time as an unused substitute.
After an injury sustained in a warm-up ahead of a match against Aberdeen that initially ruled him out for the remainder of the season, Paul made a surprise return in the last game of the season against his former club, Kilmarnock, which they lost and condemned the club to the play-offs. In a match against Hamilton Academical, Paul set up a goal for Jason Cummings, who scored twice in the match, as Hibernian won, 2–0, in the first leg, which meant Hibs might retain their Scottish Premiership status. However, Hamilton levelled out the playing field in the second leg and sent the game to extra time and penalties. Hibernian lost and were relegated to the Scottish Championship.
Early in the clubs first season in the championship, Paul continued to be used in the first team, though soon after he started playing less and was an unused substitute in multiple games. He left Hibs in January 2015 having not played since December and signed for Dundee where he stayed until the end of the season making 7 league appearances and scoring one goal.
He then went onto play for Queen of the South and Dumbarton.
Full Name: Paul Heffernan
Date of Birth: 29th December 1981
Place of Birth: Newtownmountkennedy, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland