Ryan Leonard

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Ryan Leonard
Ryan Leonard 22-02-2014.jpg
Leonard playing for Southend United in 2014
Personal information
Full name Ryan Ian Leonard[1]
Date of birth (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 (age 22)
Place of birth Plympton, England[2]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Southend United
Number 18
Youth career
2001–2010 Plymouth Argyle
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Plymouth Argyle 1 (0)
2010–2011 Weston-super-Mare (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Tiverton Town (loan) 18 (1)
2011– Southend United 95 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:09, 6 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Ryan Ian Leonard (born 24 May 1992) is an English footballer who plays for Southend United, having previously played for Plymouth Argyle, Weston-super-Mare and Tiverton Town.

Career[edit]

Leonard, a graduate from Ivybridge Community College, signed for Plymouth Argyle in June 2001 as a schoolboy.[3] He progressed through the club's Centre of Excellence to be rewarded with a two-year apprenticeship at the end of the 2007–08.[4][5] Regarded as one for the future,[6] Leonard can also play as a centre back and midfielder. His elevation to training regularly with the club's first-team coincided with the return of former player Paul Mariner to Plymouth Argyle and, despite still being an apprentice, he made his first-team debut for the club on 27 March 2010 against Blackpool at Home Park.[7][8] He joined Weston-super-Mare on loan in December 2010,[9] where he made five appearances in the Conference South.[10] In January 2011, he joined Tiverton Town on loan for one month,[11] which was then extended until the end of April.[12] He was released by Plymouth Argyle at the end of the 2010–11 season.[13]

Leonard signed a one-year deal with Southend United on 27 July 2011, with the option of a further year after impressing on trial.[14] Leonard scored three goals during Southend's pre-season, including one from inside his own half.[15]

On 7 March 2014, Leonard signed a new three-and-a-half year contract extension with Southend.[16]

Personal life[edit]

His father, David, is a former player who played for Tiverton Town. Having worked as a coach at Plymouth Argyle's Centre of Excellence, he has managed numerous club's in the South West of England, including Liskeard Athletic, Plymouth Parkway and Truro City.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 532. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "2009–10 youth profiles" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ "The college echo" Ivybridge Community College. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  5. ^ "New recruits" Elite Advanced Development Centre. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Ryan Leonard" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Argyle 0–2 Blackpool" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Luckless" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Lenny on loan". Plymouth Argyle Football Club. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  10. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  11. ^ "Leonard on loan". Plymouth Argyle. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  12. ^ "Lenny extends Tivvy stay". Plymouth Argyle. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Arnason starts trial with Hearts after being 'dismissed' by Argyle". The Herald. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Dickinson, Kalala and Leonard join Southend United". BBC Sport. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Leonard agrees Blues deal". Southend United. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  16. ^ "News: Ryan Leonard signs new contract". Southend United FC. 7 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "Leonard takes Elite's Plymouth centre". The Herald. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2011.

External links[edit]

Ryan Leonard career stats at Soccerbase