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Leon Carling is ‘wanting to impress’

Leon Carling has stated that he has “no intention” of returning to Thornaby and that he is hoping to impress at the highest level he’s played at.

Carling joined Whitby Town last Friday on a dual-registration deal with the Northern League Division Two side following loanee Toby Lees’ return to Harrogate Town.

Many Blues fans may not have been familiar with the central defender before his debut last Saturday in the 2-0 defeat away at Buxton, but one man who knows Carling very well is first team manager Chris Hardy and this is how the deal came about.

“I’ve known Chris for quite a while, since his Guisborough days,” Carling told whitby-town.com.

“I just messaged him wishing him all the best after seeing the Scarborough result.

“From that, Chris mentioned there may be an opportunity to join and I jumped at it.”

After making the move, Carling went straight into the first team for the trip to Buxton last weekend, and admits the difference in quality is clear to see when out on the pitch.

“When you are playing against better players you have to be switched on at all times,” Carling added.

“A lot of the forwards in this league are big, strong and fit lads, meaning you don’t even get the chance to switch off for five minutes.

“Giving a penalty away in the first 20 minutes isn’t great but I recovered from it and think I did okay.

“But I enjoyed it, it was good to be in a constant battle throughout the game.”

Now that the centre-half has made the step up to Evo-Stik Premier level, he has made his intentions to stay clear, stating that he wants to show that he can add something to Whitby’s side.

“100% I want to stay as I have no intention of going back to Thornaby, I’ve come into the side, I’ve trained with the lads and played with them, so I’m wanting to impress in my time here.”

Being a new face in the squad Carling has a fresh outlook on the rest of the season and he is hopeful that he and his new teammates can make a push for the play-off spots.

“I’ve watched a few games in this league this season and a lot of the teams have the same attributes that they can play direct as they are big and powerful.

“I think here at Whitby we have the same attributes but in the middle of the park we have creativity and flair, so if we can put a run of good results together, we can absolutely challenge for the play-offs.”