Whitby Town Football Club

The Seasiders

Leon Scott “It’s good to be back”

Leon Scott re-signed for the blues last week for his third spell at the club, having recently departed league rivals Scarborough Athletic and said that it was an ‘easy choice’ when finding a new club to return to the Turnbull Ground.

The 32-year-old is known for his role as a central midfielder but can also cover both full-backs making Scott an even more useful addition to the squad, with the departure of Joshua Nearney last week.

Scott was a regular figure at Darlington and helped the club reach a play-off final as well as help the club gain two promotions, making Scott a well-experienced midfielder.

Scott nearly did return to the club in summer during pre-season but admitted the decision has been on the back of his mind ever since he chose to sign for Scarborough.

“I spoke to Chardy (Chris Hardy) in pre-season, and it’s always been something on my mind ever since.

“Things didn’t go well at Scarborough, then there were other clubs interested when I left, but I spoke to Chris and knew what he was about.

“It’s a well ran club and very family friendly,” Scott said.

Scott didn’t feature in Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat against second-place Nantwich but is hoping to break into the first-team for the blues trip to Hednesford this Saturday.

“I’m hoping to feature, training is tonight so hopefully I’ll have a good session and make my self-available for Saturday.”

Another man who is happy to see Scott return is manager Chris Hardy, who knows the experience that Scott brings to the side will be crucial to the rest of the team.

“Leon is ultra-experienced, he knows about this level of football, he can break up play and gives us a real steal about us as a team.

“He can fill in well at full-back as well as start in midfield.

“Leon’s a versatile and real experienced option,” said Hardy.

Scott knows that his experience is one of the biggest factors he is bringing to the side and is hoping to help the younger members of squad develop their game.

“Chris has a really good team, they all have a lot of ability but they are young.

“I’ve played and won this league so I’m hoping I can bring another side out of the rest of the team.

“Hopefully I can help the other lads raise their game and then we can kick on from there,” Scott added.

Scott is also excited at the prospect of playing in front of the home fans again at the Turnbull Ground and appreciates the passion of the fans.

“It’s good to be back, some people say that the fanbase is small but I would say its passionate when the tin shed gets going they are really behind you on that pitch.

“I think that this club can and hopefully will achieve some real success.”