James Henry was
one of four players signed on loan by Norwich over the last two
days of the January 2008 transfer window.
An 18 year old winger from Reading, Henry came highly recommended.
Glenn Roeder said he was delighted that
Reading boss Steve Coppell had agreed to release him. He said:
I like taking players from Steve Coppell because he only
has a certain type of player. They must be well motivated. I've
done my homework and I am told both boys fit the bill in terms
of attitude and desire. Steve has high hopes for Henry."
Wide player Henry, 6ft 1in, is an England Under-18 international.
He has had loan spells at Nottingham Forest and Bournemouth, where
he scored two goals on his debut for the club in a 2-0 victory
at Bristol Rovers, and made his senior Reading debut in the 2007/8
season's Carling Cup, as a substitute in a 4-2 home defeat by
Henry made his debut for Norwich in the home win over Preston
on 2nd February 2008.
On 18 March 2008, the deal was terminated by mutual agreement
as the Royals felt he wasnt getting enough of a run out.
"I spoke to Nick Hammond and he was concerned James wasn't
getting involved as much as he would like him to be and that it
was best if he went back," City boss Glenn Roeder told
the club's official website. "Although he didn't break
into the first team as much as would have been ideal during his
time here, he was always a pleasure to work with and he's a very
talented player. I'm sure he will go on to be an excellent player
Henry made his Reading league debut in December 2008 against
Blackpool. In February 2009, he was loaned out to Millwall for
a month. He returned to Millwall on loan in September 2009 until
James joined Millwall for the third time, this time on a three
year deal for an undisclosed fee, on 28th July 2010
On 2nd October 2011, the Football League Paper reported
that Henry was a prime target for Ipswich who had had two bids
On 1st October 2013, Henry joined League One side Wolves on a
three month loan, teaming again with former Millwall manager Kenny
Jackett. Henry made the switch to Wolves permanent on 1st January
2014, signing for an undisclosed fee. He had scored four goals
in 13 appearances since arriving at Molineux on loan in October.
He signed a two and a half year contract.
Henry and Wolves secured promotion to the Championship on 12th
April 2014, winning the League One title with a 3-1 win at Leyton
Orient nine days later.
On 31st August 2016, Henry was loaned to Bolton until January 2017. This was extended to the end of the 2016/17 season and Bolton won promotion to the Championship, finishing second in League One.
Henry was released by Wolves on 19th May 2017. He returned to the Thames Valley area and signed for Oxford on 12th July 2017 stating "It's an exciting move for me. Oxford are a club making great progress and they were very impressive last season,"