New player has team-mates to thank for Seel Park move

NEW Mossley signing Max Leonard has revealed he has three of his new team-mates to thank for his move to Seel Park.

The attacking midfielder/striker, who has set himself a target of 20 goals, was recommended to joint managers Dave Wild and Terry Hincks by Adam, Jones, Ben Richardson and Elliott Harrison.

Leonard, 24, who was a team-mate of Jones and Richardson at Glossop North End and Harrison at Huddersfield Town, said: “They knew I was without a club and had a word with the gaffer about me joining Mossley.

“The move was quickly done and dusted and it has helped settle in knowing some of the lads.

“I know how hard it can be walking into a changing room not knowing anybody.”

Leonard had no qualms about dropping down two division having been at National League North side Telford United for part of last season that ended with him on loan at Hyde United helping them win promotion from Evo Stik League, first division north.

The teaching assistant said: “Mossley is local as I live in Huddersfield while it was two-and-a-half hours to Telford where I often had to stay over.

“After leaving Telford, I needed to sort something out as the new season was approaching.
“I have played at this level before so that was never an issue.

“And from what I have seen so far, there is no reason why we cannot be up there challenging for the play-offs.

“We have a good set of lads and the spirit in the changing room is not dissimilar to that of Hyde who won promotion.”

Leonard was talent spotted by Huddersfield Town at the age of five and remained with the Terriers until the age of 19, the last 18 months spent as a professional.

He said: “Every kid wants to be a footballer and I was heartbroken when I was released.

“I never played for the first team, but won our league with the U23s and I enjoyed my time as a pro.”

Leonard admitted it took time to come to terms with being released before eventually joining AFC Emley in Northern Counties East for whom he scored 42 goals in 2012/13.

He has since had spells at Frickley Athletic, Glossop where he was top scorer with 23 goals in 2016/17, Curzon Ashton and Telford.

Leonard is a lifelong Huddersfield fan having been a ball boy as a youngster.

And he and his mates were at Wembley to see the Terriers beat Reading on penalties in the Championship play-off final.

Joint-manager Wild believes the signing of Leonard is a massive statement by the club, adding he was on the radar of many other clubs.

“It is a capture that makes people and other teams take notice if we are able to recruit players of that calibre,” he said.

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