Ex-Rail’ ace signs pro forms with Leeds United

Former Harrogate Railway player Simon Lenighan has signed full pro terms for Leeds United.

Former Harrogate Railway player Simon Lenighan has signed full pro terms for Leeds United.

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FORMER Harrogate Railway youngster Simon Lenighan has signed a professional deal with Leeds United.

The teenage midfielder has taken up a one-year contract on the back of a strong season with Leeds U-18s.

Lenighan skippered the side to a second-placed finish in their Premier Academy League and scored four times during the last two months of the term.

The 18-year-old said: “I’d like to play regularly and force my way into the first-team squad. It’ll be a challenge but I’m always up for a challenge.”

Having been part of Rail from U-11s level, Lenighan has progressed dramatically over a short period of time thanks in part to Railway’s junior setup.

Simon signed on as a Youth with Leeds at U-16s level after being selected at a Thorp Arch trial in which he only played seven minutes before being selected as the only player out of 30 to make the grade