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Born: 7 Nov 1995
Joined Wycombe: July 2016 - Unattached|
Wycombe Debut: Wycombe 2 Grimsby 1 - 13 Aug 2016 - League Two
First Wycombe goal: Wycombe 3 West Ham 0 - 4 Oct 2016 - FL Trophy
Final Wycombe game: Portsmouth 2 Wycombe 2 - 7 May 2023 - League One
Released: 10th May 2023 - out of contract end of June 2023
Career summary at Wycombe:
179 appearances - 9 goals
Wanderers confirmed the signing of the former Histon attacking midfielder just prior to the kick-off of the friendly v QPR on Friday 22nd July 2016. The 20 year old joined on an one year deal after impressing in the friendlies against Le Havre and Brentford. Freeman made his Histon debut as a teenager during the 2012/13 season and went on to score 26 goals in all competitions during 126 appreances. During his time with Histon he also had brief trials with Norwich City and West Ham United. He ended the 2015/16 season with short spells at Hemel Hempstead Town and Biggleswade Town.
Commenting on the signing, Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "Nick has taken his chance with both hands and Iíve been really impressed with the way heís worked hard, settled in quickly with the lads and shown what he can do on the pitch. His attitude has been second-to-none and he has a real hunger to make it as a professional footballer. Heís far from the finished product but Iím looking forward to working with him and helping to develop his talent to see how far he can go in the game."
After making his senior debut for Wanderers and scoring his first goal (in a Football League Trophy tie with West Ham), Freeman was loaned out to National League South side Wealdstone on 2nd December 2016 on a month long deal - making 5 appearances before his return to Adams Park.
Following more regular spells in the First Team for the remainder of the 2016/17 season and the following two seasons, in September 2019 Freeman signed a new three-year with Wycombe, running until June 2022. Commenting on the deal, Wycombe Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: "Nick has come on leaps and bounds since turning professional with us in 2016. Heís worked so hard on his game to develop and become a really important player for us. Coming from non-league, heís had to be patient for his opportunities sometimes, but heís always got his head down and given 100 per-cent every day. He deserves this new contract because I see him playing a big part this season and in years to come. Heís got that ability to change a game in a heartbeat and heís another exciting option in our attack who is popular with the fans and his teammates too."
After failing to hold down regular place in the Wycombe team during the Championship season of 2020/21, Freeman was loaned out to League Two side Leyton Orient on 18th January 2021 for the remainder of the campaign. He would go onto make 11 appearances for The O's.
On 21st August 2021, in a League One match with Lincoln City at Adams Park, Freeman was forced off injured with what was later revealed as cruciate knee ligament injury. On 14th October 2021 the Club announced they had given the player an extra year on his contract in order to aid his recovery. Commenting on the news, Freeman said: "Itís a little bit bittersweet. Iím gutted that I'm not playing and that I'm injured long term, but Iím also very happy to be able to get a one-year extension. Iím so grateful to [the owners] Rob, Pete and [Manager] Gareth, and I feel fortunate that they've been kind enough to do that for me."
It would be over 12 months until Freeman made another appearance for Wanderers - taking the field for the opening game of the 2022/23 season for the 3-0 home League One victory over Burton Albion at Adams Park. He would go on to make 48 First Team appearances during the campaign - scoring twice. He would make his final appearance for Wycombe on the final day of the 2022/23 season at Portsmouth on 7th May 2023 - the news being revealed on 10th May 2023 that he had opted to 'seek pastures new' after seven years with Wanderers.
Commenting on social media, at the time of his departure, Freeman said: "I'm so blessed to be a part such an amazing club for so long, and to have experienced so many great memories, including two promotions. I want to thank everyone who has been part of my journey at the club and wish everyone at [Wycombe Wanderers] the best for the future. [It has] been an absolute pleasure. Excited to see what God has in store for next."
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