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Westley: 'He is ready for the opportunity'

6 January 2020

Jim Steele

Graham Westley made his first signing of the January Transfer Window on Monday afternoon, bringing in Harrogate Town winger Joe Leesley on loan…

The 25 year old player is one that Westley has had his eye on for some time and the Stevenage boss says he is pleased to have got his man.

“He came to my attention a couple of years ago when I was trying to sign a centre forward. I spent a long time looking at the lad in question and Joe came to my eyesight as a great creator and a great scorer of goals at Conference North and then at Conference level.

“I have kept my eye on him since.  He has progressed and developed as a player and he is one that I think is worthy of an opportunity. We are a good club for giving people an opportunity and seeing them seize it with both hands and I see him being the next one in-line.”

Leesley trained with the Stevenage squad on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s Trophy tie at Bristol Rovers and Westley says there were no surprises in terms of how he looked with the rest of the team.

“He looked like what I thought he would look like. He has got good creativity, but he is not Ryan Giggs out there, he is much more David Beckham. His set play delivery is exceptional, his quality on the ball is there for all to see and at 25 years of age, he is at a good age in terms of understanding the game.

“He is ready for the opportunity, he still has got ambition in front of him and he looks everything I expect him to be. I expect he will make a difference.”


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