Jeffrey Patrick Hendrick (born 31 January 1992) is an Irish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Derby County. He has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth and senior level.
Hendrick joined The Rams as a youth player from St Kevins Boys in Dublin, having overcome Osgood-Schlatter disease, and played regularly for the clubs academy side before breaking into the reserve team during the 2009/10 campaign, making one start and seven substitute appearances as the clubs reserve side successfully captured the 2009–10 Central League Central Section title. At the end of the season his first involvement with the Derby County first team came on 2 May 2010 as he was an unused substitute in a 2–0 victory over Cardiff City in the final game of the 2009/10 season. A few weeks later, on 8 July 2010, he signed his first professional contract, alongside four other Derby County academy graduates, including fellow Republic of Ireland Youth international Ryan Connolly.
Hendrick played a much more significant role in Derbys reserve side during the 2010/11 season, making 17 starts in all competitions and scoring 9 goals, including a hat-trick in a 14–1 victory over Shirebrook Town in the Derbyshire Senior Cup and a brace in a 5–0 win over Buxton in the final of the same competition. Throughout the campaign, Hendrick impressed enough to earn a contract extension at Derby, which he signed in January 2011 to take him through until Summer 2012.Approaching the end of the 2010/11 campaign, Derby manager Nigel Clough stated his desire to give Hendrick a run in the first team, stating "(He is) progressed and done well this season...we would love to see him in the team for three or four games." Hendrick made his debut in the following match, as an 80th-minute replacement for Robbie Savage in a 2–4 home defeat to Burnley.
Ahead of the 2011–12 season Rams manager Nigel Clough stated that Hendrick would feature in the Derby County first team squad more often, later Hendrick was allocating him the squad number of 23. Despite missing the majority of Derbys pre-season due his call up to the European under-19 tournament. Hendrick was involved in first team duty from the start of the campaign, making substitute appearances in the seasons opening two games, against Birmingham City and Watford, before claiming a place in the starting line-up from the third game (a 1–0 win at Blackpool) onward. He scored his first professional goal in his 5th start of the season, claiming the winner in a 2–1 victory at local rivals Nottingham Forest. His performance earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week and his rich vein of form followed into the next game, a 3–0 thumping of Millwall, in which Hendrick grabbed his first goal at Pride Park and secured a second consecutive Team of the Week place.Hendricks form saw him linked with switches to Premier League duo Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion The speculation saw Derby enter into contract talks with the midfielder over a new four-year deal but his form tailored-off badly (as did Derbys) over the subsequent six weeks, culminating in his substitution in a 2–0 home defeat to Hull City on 19 November 2011, the first time in his young career he had been removed from a game early after being in the starting eleven, with Clough suggesting that the contract talks and Hendrick getting "people" had had a negative affect on Hendricks game. In December 2011; Hendrick signed a new three-and-a-half contract, extending his stay at the Pride Park club until the summer of 2015. Hendrick missed Derbys Christmas & New Year programme of fixtures with an ankle ligament injury in a 1–0 defeat against Ipswich Town. Hendrick returned to the first team squad as an unused substitute in a 1–0 win against Coventry City on 14 January 2012, returning to playing action a week lated in the 0–0 draw at Burnley as a 47th minute substitute. Hendrick started every game for the remainer of the season after this game, displacing James Bailey in central midfield, Hendrick scored his third goal of the season in a 3–2 at home to Crystal Palace on 24 March 2012. Hendrick form throughout the season was rewarded when he won clubs Sammy Crooks Young Player of the Year award.
Hendrick started the 2012–13 season in the starting eleven but after poor performance and scoring only once in his first seventeen games Hendrick was dropped for Michael Jacobs, however he regained his place shortly after due to an injury picked up by Craig Bryson however after admitting his poor performances in mid-December.Hendircks form improved and he scored his second goal of the season in a 2–0 win at Bristol City. Hendrick started 2013 in good form, scoring three goals in the opening three games, including a goal against Middlesbrough in a 3–1 home win which was later named Derbys goal of the season.With former Derby teammate Kevin Kilbane stating that Hendrick had the ability to play in the Premier League. Hendrick got another goal in February; and again earned praise for his performance in Derbys 3–0 win at home to Bristol City on 29 March, where he scored the opening goal.
Hendrick finished the season runner-up for the Derby County Player of the Season Award and named the 58th best player in the 2012–13 Football League Championship by the Actim Index.
Ahead of the 2013–14 season, Hendrick is expect to compete with Craig Bryson, Paul Coutts and Will Hughes, with Nigel Clough stating that rotation could be utilised. Hendrick started in Derbys 5 game, before succumbing to a chipped ankle bone injury in Derbys 3–0 win at Yeovil Town in late August, with a scan revealing damage worse than expected and was later ruled out for 12 weeks.
Hendrick made his international debut against Poland, at the Aviva Stadium, on 6 February 2013, providing an assist to Wes Hoolahan for the second goal of a 2–0 win. Born in Dublin, Hendrick has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 15, 16 17 and 19 level. He was shortlisted for the Republic of Ireland Under-17 level International Player of the Year award in July 2010. He played a key role in the U-19s successful 2011 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship qualifying campaign putting in a "string of impressive displays" as he featured in all three group games and notched the only goal of the game in a 1–0 win over Poland U-19s. In July 2011, Hendrick was named in the squad for the tournament. He started in all 3 of Irelands games in the tournament as they were knocked out in the semi-final stage to Spain.
Upon his return from the tournament, Hendrick was called up to the Irish under 21 squad for the first time. He made his debut in a victory against Turkey under 21s on 9 August 2011.
In January 2013, it was reported the Ireland head coach Giovanni Trappatoni was watching Hendrick with the view of giving the his first call up into the senior side and later in the month Hendrick was called up to the senior squad to play in a friendly against Poland on 6 February. Hendrick came on as a 71st minute substitute in the 2–0 win for James McCarthy and provided an assist for Irelands second goal by Wes Hoolahan in this game, showing fantastic composure in doing so with a perfectly weighted pass. Hendrick received his first Ireland start in his fourth cap, in a game against World and European Champions Spain on 11 June at the Yankee Stadium, New York City.