Joe Leesley said that the decision to make a temporary switch to Stockport County was a “no-brainer”, but insists that he remains hungry for more success with Harrogate Town.

The 25-year-old has joined the Hatters on loan until January having found himself sidelined in recent weeks and excluded from Simon Weaver’s match-day 16 for the fixtures against Chorley and Torquay United.

Having begun the season with a bang, netting a screamer against Solihull Moors on the opening day, Leesley started Town’s first five matches before being dropped to the bench when Weaver switched from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-3-3.

And having made no secret of his desire to play regular football in the past, the 2017/18 National League North Player of the Season said that the chance to join up with Stockport was too good an opportunity to turn down.

“The gaffer was honest with me and said that he didn’t expect that I would play much in the coming weeks,” Leesley revealed.

“Obviously he’s changed the formation and brought in a couple of new players and from a career point of view, I can’t have another season like I did last year where I barely played after Christmas.”

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