Harrogate Town have announced that 23-year-old midfielder Joe Leesley has extended his stay at The CNG Stadium.

Leesley joined Town from Alfreton last summer and has made 50 appearances this season, notching nine goals and an impressive 23 assists in all competitions.

With full-time football on the horizon, Leesley spoke of his excitement at the growth of the club, and how he hopes to play a part in a promotion push next time round.

Leesley said: “I am really pleased to have committed to the club and that the manager has shown faith in me after this season`s performances. It’s no secret that we haven’t achieved what we had hoped this season, and I’m itching to put that right next time around.

“We have everything set up for success here, and I want to be a part of taking this club further than it’s ever been.”

Leesley is the second player from the current squad to commit his future to Simon Weaver’s plans, and the manager is encouraged by the way in which the squad is shaping up for next year.

Weaver commented: “Warren Burrell signed his deal earlier in the month, and now Joe has also been rewarded for his performances with a two-year deal. Joe has had a good season, he’s played a lot of games and had a hand in a high proportion of our goals. At 23, he is young and hungry, and fits the bill in terms of what we’re looking for.”

With his new contract signed, Leesley, who is set to make his fifty-first appearance later today in the final game of the season away at AFC Telford United, believes that there is more to come from him in the yellow and black of Harrogate: “I joined Harrogate Town to get promoted, and that is still very much the aim.

“I’d like to thank the fans for their support this year and I would like to think they recognise the effort I’ve put in over fifty games. My goal is simple, I want to get this club promoted and together I think we can achieve great things here”.

Source: www.thenationalleague.co.uk

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