Harrogate Town have issued a statement concerning their summer signing, Simon Lenighan, who is currently on trial for rape allegations at Doncaster Crown Court.
Lenighan was signed by Harrogate Town from Leeds United in the summer, with the club aware that the player would eventually have to face a court case against him for ‘serious allegations’.
It is alleged that the Harrogate Town footballer joined a friend in the rape of a young woman at a hotel room, who was then filmed naked on a mobile phone in August 2012.
However, Harrogate Town have defended their signing of the player with a statement posted on the club’s website on Thursday, January 15 but also stated they would ‘review the matter’ after the court case.
The statement read: “Simon Lenighan is a talented young footballer who was recommended to the club during pre-season from a number of well-respected club contacts.
“When he spoke with the club, he and his then agent were open and candid about the serious allegations against him and the court case he would eventually have to face.
“After careful consideration the club took the stance of “innocent until proven guilty” and we signed the player on a season contract.
“The Club will review the matter once any court proceedings are concluded.”
Lenighan has currently played 20 games for Simon Weaver’s side this season, failing to score since arriving at the CNG stadium.
The trial continues.