James Penrice
James Penrice
James Penrice
• James Penrice, 2021 (LIV)

born in Scotland

James Regan Penrice was born on Tuesday, 22nd December, 1998, in Livingston, West Lothian.

The 5' 10 (11st 7lbs) defender signed for Alan Archibald's Thistle on Tuesday, 26th May, 2015, having most recently been with Partick Thistle U-17.

Aged 16, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 25th July, 2015, in a 1-1 friendly draw at home to Rotherham United.

James scored his first goal for Thistle on Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, in a 2-1 win at home to Greenock Morton in the League Cup.

He scored the last of his 4 goals on Saturday, 12th October, 2019, in a 2-0 win at home to Connah's Quay Nomads in the Challenge Cup.

He played his last game for the club on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021, in a 3-2 defeat away to Montrose in the SPFL League One, having clocked up 125 appearances as a Jag.

At June, 2024, James's club-list included Partick Thistle, East Fife, Livingston and Heart of Midlothian.

James Penrice's Summary Totals
appearances position won drew lost goals
League 84 25 24 35 1
Competitive 114 41 29 44 4
All Games 125 44 32 49 4

Bio Extra

This left-sided defender was a product of Partick Thistle’s youth system, and made his professional competitive debut for the Firhill side in May 2016. Following loan spells at East Fife and Livingston, he went on to make 114 appearances for the Jags, scoring four goals, before picking up a League One winner’s medal as Thistle lifted the division flag. His stellar performances earned a move to the top-flight with Livingston in 2021, where he played with future Hearts teammate Alan Forrest, making 94 appearances and scoring three goals across three seasons in West Lothian.

Hearts coach Steven Naismith was a fan and, in the summer of 2024, signed the 25-year-old James to a 3-year-deal at Tynecastle: “He’s someone who knows the domestic game well and has had to work really hard to get to where he is today. James has bags of talent, he’s got a great engine and he’s going to provide us with options. He’ll be an asset for us and he’s at a great age where there’s even more to come. We can develop him further and help him to reach new levels.


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