Left-back reflects on 'crazy' fifteen years at Leeds United as new chapter awaits following departure from Whites

NEW CLUB: For former Leeds United youngster Matty Downing, right. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.NEW CLUB: For former Leeds United youngster Matty Downing, right. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
NEW CLUB: For former Leeds United youngster Matty Downing, right. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
LEFT back Matty Downing has left Leeds United after 15 years to sign for Bradford Park Avenue.

Downing joined the Whites Academy as a five-year-old and is now looking to push on as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg.

The 20-year-old took to social media to reflect on a "crazy 15 years of ups and downs" with Leeds as he now prepares to embark on a new chapter with Avenue under boss Mark Bower and assistant Danny Boshell.

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"I’m buzzing to have been given the opportunity to join BPA for the next season," said Downing, speaking on Avenue's official website.

"After speaking to people at the club, family and friends, the chance to get on board with the club’s plans is one that really excites me.

"I have played with and against a few of the players previously and heard great things about working with Mark and Danny.

"I’m looking forward to getting started with lads and hopefully making a good impression."

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Looking back on his decade and a half at Leeds, Downing said: "It's been a crazy 15 years full of ups and downs, some great memories with some great people.

"Thanks to those at Leeds United Football Club that have helped me to develop as a player and person. I can’t wait to get started."

Avenue boss Mark Bower said: "Matty is a player who was highly regarded throughout his many years at Leeds United and we are delighted he has signed for The Avenue.

"Being naturally left sided, Matty gives balance to the squad.

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"When speaking with Matty it was clear he has the determination and ambition to be an asset to us.

"As we have done so many times in the past with players who have had setbacks, we will work with him and give him the platform to showcase his abilities."

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