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Born: 24 Nov 1996
Where: Lagos, Nigeria
Joined Wycombe: November 2014 - Loan from Millwall|
Wycombe debut: Hartlepool 1 Wycombe 3 - 29 Nov 2014 - League Two
First goal: Wycombe 1 Hartlepool 0 - 3 Jan 2015 - League Two
Returned to Millwall - May 2015
Re-joined Wycombe: August 2018 - Loan from Millwall
Returned to Millwall - January 2019
Re-joined Wycombe: July 2019 - Undisclosed fee from Millwall
Contracted until June 2022
Career summary at Wycombe.
51 appearances - 12 goals
until 1 January 2019
A former Youth Team player at Millwall having moved to the UK at the age of three with his parents from his home land of Lagos in Nigeria.
He made his First Team debut for Millwall in a FA Cup Third Round tie against Southend United in January 2014 at the age of 17 and made his League debut later that season against Charlton Athletic. However, First Team opportunties at The New Den became limited and he first moved to Wanderers on 27th November 2014 on a loan deal running until January 2015. He made his Wycombe debut the following day - coming on as substitute in the 3-1 victory at Hartlepool United.
Commenting on the deal at the time of his loan move to Wycombe, Manager Gareth Ainsworth said: “Fred caught the eye when we played Millwall earlier in the season and I’m really pleased to bring him to the club. He’s a very lively attacker who can play either on the wing or down the middle, and he’s got plenty of pace, enthusiasm and strength which can help the team. I’m grateful to Ian Holloway and Marc Bircham at Millwall for allowing Fred to join us and I hope we can play a significant role in the development of yet another talented young player.”
On the 30th December 2014 it was announced that his loan deal from Millwall had been extended until the end of the 2014/15 season as part of the deal that saw Paris Cowan-Hall move in the other direction on a permanent basis. A few days later, on 3rd January 2015, he scored his first Wanderers goal (and his first ever senior goal) in the 1-0 home victory over Hartlepool at Adams Park. He ended the season as part of the Wanderers that just missed out on promotion to the 'League One' via the Play-Offs.
On his return to Millwall the following season he became a regular in their side, clocking up over 100 appearances during the following three seasons but with a goal tally limited to 10. In August 2018 it was announced he had a agreed another loan move to Wycombe - running until January 2019. In 21 appearances he scored 4 times.
Having been recalled by Millwall in January 2019 he made just one First Team appearance for the 'Championship' side before the end of the 2018/19 campaign and an apparent fall out of favour with Lions boss Neil Harris made an exit from The New Den the likely outcome. That news was confirmed on 30th July 2019 when Wanderers announced he had been signed for an 'undiclosed fee' on a three-year deal and one that tied in with defender Jason McCarthy signing for Millwall.
Commenting on the permanent signing of Onyedina, Gareth Ainsworth told the official website: "Fred has been a target since the day he left us at the end of his loan spell last season, and I’m over the moon to bring him here on a permanent deal. I know the fans have been waiting a little while for this, but I’m sure it’ll be worth it when they see him back out there on the pitch in the light and dark blue quarters. We know exactly what we’re getting; a very exciting, pacy forward who can make things happen in the blink of an eye and contribute plenty of goals and assists. He’s a player with huge potential, and a great deal of credit goes to our chairman Trevor Stroud for getting the deal over the line and bringing Fred back to the club, where I know he’ll settle straight back in and be a popular member of the team in the changing room and on the terraces."
References and further reading:
News At Den - Neil Harris on Fred Onyedinma situation - 25 July 2019
WWFC official - Fred returns - 30 July 2019
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