Leah Galton 'excited' to start life at Sky Blue FC after landmark draft selection
Harrogate footballer Leah Galton wants to repay the faith put in her by United States club Sky Blue FC when starting life as a professional footballer.
Sky Blue selected the record-breaking striker as the 13th pick in the National Womens Soccer League draft last Friday.
Galton has been a prolific figure at Hofstra University since flying out to America in 2012 and broke the university's all-time goalscoring record.
The 21-year-old, who attended St John Fishers School, said: "I am incredibly excited to have been drafted for Sky Blue - it still doesn't seem real.
"I just can't wait to get out on the field with the team, put in the work for pre-season and then get started with the season.
"I'm hoping I can help Sky Blue in every way possible on and off the field and I hope that we have a very successful year."
Alongside fellow Harrogate player Rachel Daly, Galton became the first English women ever to be drafted out of the US college system.Her footballing career began as a junior at Knaresborough Celtic before a spell at Harrogate Railway.
Her shooting skills impressed coaches at Leeds United Ladies and she progressed from the junior teams into the Whites first team squad.
After moving to America, she led the scoring charts for Hofstra University as her side won the Coloniel Athletics Association (CAA) soccer championships.
Her performances put her in the CAA representative team and earned her the Rookie of the Year award in her first season.
In 2014, she was named the CAA player of the year after scoring 17 goals in 21 games, falling one goal short of Hofstra's record number in a single season.
She finished her three years at the university with 48 goals and 26 assists to rewrite the record books.