An in-depth look at the career of the Tigers’ latest signing, Andy Cannon…
Hailing from Greater Manchester, Andy Cannon’s route into the professional game came at Rochdale where he progressed from the youth ranks into the senior set-up.
His first team debut came as a substitute in a 3-2 win at Leyton Orient in September 2014 aged 18, with a first league start coming a couple of months later. His first season in the senior ranks brought a total of 19 appearances as Rochdale finished eighth in League One.
Cannon went on to establish himself as a first team regular at Spotland, scoring his first senior goal on the opening weekend of the 2016/17 season and playing a part in their memorable FA Cup run during the following campaign which was ended at the fifth round stage by Tottenham Hotspur, although a replay was needed. In the first of those ties with Spurs, a 2-2 draw, Cannon was named man of the match.
The midfielder would leave Rochdale in January 2019 having made 127 appearances, going on to sign for Portsmouth for whom he made his debut against Blackpool. Cannon helped Pompey to reach the League One play-offs in his first full season at Fratton Park, playing 28 times in total before promotion hopes were ended in a penalty shoot-out defeat to Oxford United.
Cannon made 49 appearances in all competitions in 2020/21, scoring in wins against Charlton and Wigan Athletic, and was a stand-out performer in Portsmouth’s 2-0 win against Hull City at the KCOM Stadium in December as they went on to finish eighth in League One.
The 25-year-old opted against extending his stay at Portsmouth, highlighting his desire to return to his northern routes which paved the way for the Tigers to sign the midfielder following their promotion back to the Championship.