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
Date of birth (1992-05-24) 24 May 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Plympton, England[1]
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 149 (15)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:45, 7 December 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (goals)

Ryan Ian Leonard (born 24 May 1992) is an English professional footballer who plays for Southend United.

A midfielder, he graduated through the Plymouth Argyle Academy to make his senior debut in March 2010. Being unused since. During this time he spent time on loan at Weston-super-Mare of the League South and Tiverton Town of the Southern Football League. In July 2011, he moved to Southend United, and after establishing himself in the first team in 2013–2014 season, he managed to win the club's Player of the Year Award in 2014. He helped the club to secure promotion out of League Two in 2014–15.

Club career[edit]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

Born in Plympton, England[1] Leonard was a graduate from Ivybridge Community College, he signed for Plymouth Argyle in June 2001 as a schoolboy.[2] He progressed through the club's Centre of Excellence to be rewarded with a two-year apprenticeship at the end of the 2007–08.[3][4] Regarded as one for the future.[5] 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.[6][7]

Loans to Weston-super-Mare and Tiverton Town[edit]

He joined Weston-super-Mare on loan in December 2010,[8] where he made five appearances in the Conference South.[9]

In January 2011, he joined Tiverton Town on loan for one month,[10] which was then extended until the end of April.[11]

Return to Plymouth Argyle[edit]

He was released by Plymouth Argyle at the end of the 2010–11 season.[12]

Southend United[edit]

Leonard signed a one-year deal with Southend United on 27 July 2011, with the option of a further year after impressing on trial.[13] Leonard scored three goals during Southend's pre-season, including one from inside his own half.[14]

On 7 March 2014, Leonard signed a new three-and-a-half year contract extension with Southend.[15] At the end of the 2014–15 season he played for Southend in the League Two play-off final against Wycombe Wanderers. Southend won in a penalty shoot-out and were promoted to League One.

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.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Information correct as of 25 June 2015.[17]
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals Apps. Goals
Plymouth Argyle 2009–10 League Championship 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Weston-super-Mare (loan) 2010–11 League South 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Tiverton Town (loan) 2010–11 Southern Football League 18 1 0 0 0 0 18 1
Southend United 2011–12 League Two 17 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 23 1
2012–13 22 2 2 0 1 0 3 1 28 3
2013–14 43 5 3 2 1 0 2 1 49 8
2014–15 League Two 42 2 1 0 1 1 3 1 47 5
Total 124 10 8 2 3 1 12 3 147 17
Career total 148 11 8 2 3 1 12 3 171 18

Honours[edit]

Southend United

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 532. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  2. ^ "2009–10 youth profiles" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  3. ^ "The college echo" Ivybridge Community College. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  4. ^ "New recruits" Elite Advanced Development Centre. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Ryan Leonard" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Argyle 0–2 Blackpool" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Luckless" Plymouth Argyle F.C. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Lenny on loan". Plymouth Argyle Football Club. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
  9. ^ Williams, Mike; Williams, Tony, eds. (2011). Non-League Club Directory 2012. Tony Williams Publications. pp. 336–337. ISBN 978-1-869833-70-1. 
  10. ^ "Leonard on loan". Plymouth Argyle. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Lenny extends Tivvy stay". Plymouth Argyle. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  12. ^ "Arnason starts trial with Hearts after being 'dismissed' by Argyle". The Herald. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Dickinson, Kalala and Leonard join Southend United". BBC Sport. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "Leonard agrees Blues deal". Southend United. 27 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "News: Ryan Leonard signs new contract". Southend United FC. 7 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "Leonard takes Elite's Plymouth centre". The Herald. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  17. ^ "Ryan Leonard statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 

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