Midfielder Joe Leesley has left Alfreton Town to join league North rivals Harrogate Town
The 22-year-old joins Town from Alfreton, only weeks after making his England C debut.
Leesley has described his move to Harrogate as “a step in the right direction” as the former Alfreton man sets his sights firmly on promotion.
Leesley made his England C debut earlier this month, featuring in the non-league lions’ narrow defeat to Slovakia under-21s.
The versatile midfielder was deployed in an advanced position for Paul Fairclough’s men and hopes to bring the same attacking edge to Town.
“I would describe my game as attacking and energetic. I like to play on the front foot and get forward” commented Leesley.
Leesley becomes boss Simon Weavers’ sixth signing of the summer, following the arrival of former team-mate Andi Thanoj earlier in the week. “As soon as I met the manager I knew I wanted to join Harrogate Town,” Leesley said. “The club is going in the right direction and obviously I have the same aspirations as a player.
“I’ve joined Harrogate Town to get promoted. The squad is definitely capable and I know all the boys will want to go up as champions. I’m itching to get back into pre-season and to hit the ground running.”
The capture of Leesley’s signature has been a priority for Town since the then Alfreton man turned in an “outstanding” performance against Weaver’s men last season.
“We’ve been following Joe’s progress for quite a while, and we are delighted that he’s now our player,” said the Town boss. “We’ve watched him in several games and his talent just shines through. He is two-footed, physically strong and has the ability to beat a man.
“At only 22 years of age, he’s a lad who has capacity and willingness to grow and develop his game even further. His desire to progress as player was evident from the moment we met, and he has absolutely embrace the idea of extra training sessions next season”.