Barnton FC are absolutely delighted to announce and welcome to the club former Swansea City and Brighton & Hove Albion striker Leon Knight.
Knight, who began his career at Chelsea, also lists Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, Barnsley and Rushden & Diamonds amongst his former clubs, and it's the latter where his link with Barnton boss Andy Burgess came about. Both played for the club in 2008-09 season and Burgess tapped into his former team mate to add to Townfield's fire power.
A major transfer coup for The Villagers, Leon, still only 31, scored the winner in the 2004 League One Play Off Final to send Brighton to promotion. A hat trick on his Swansea debut and a number of England caps at U19 and U20 level demonstrate the enormity of the signing, and Knight himself is relishing the challenge. "When Burge came into contact and asked me to come in and help the club out, I had no hesitation. I am based in the North West now so the location is good and Andy and myself always got on well and we have a mutual respect. I intend to do what I've done all my career, score goals. I'm looking forward to it!"
Burgess added, "We've had a fair few injuries already and I am always looking to progress and add to us. Without a doubt, Knighty is the highest profile player in the division and I've no doubt whatsoever he will score me goals. It's a testament to his love of the game that he's agreed to come in and help me out and I think we will see the best of him. He was outstanding when I played alongside him at Rushden, on and off the pitch he's a real character and he will add to Barnton Football Club as a whole. I cant wait to see him in the shirt!"
Knight will go straight into the squad for Saturday's home fixture against Daisy Hill at Townfield. 3pm kick off, tickets are £5 for adults, £2 concessions.