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Free agent former Newcastle striker signs for Championship club

6 years ago

Former Newcastle United striker Leon Best has signed for Rotherham.

The 29 year old had been on trial with the Yorkshire club but the move has now been made permanent, tough it is subject to clearance from the FA and the Football League.

Free agent Leon Best has agreed on an initial deal until the end of the season, having been released by Blackburn when his contract ended in the summer. The player getting a chance to earn a living again, joining the bottom club in the Championship.

Last season, the striker spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Derby County under Steve McClaren, before then joining Brighton and Hove Albion for the remainder. He failed to score a single goal in the league for either side.

Over the course of those two loan spells, he only managed the one goal for Derby, though he was used as a substitute most of the time.

Best only ever started nine Championship matches for Blackburn, having suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury shortly after joining from Newcastle in summer 2012.

The player was actually a relative success story for Newcastle, joining for around £2m from Coventry and then sold for over £3m to Blackburn.

Whilst he didn’t score in the Championship for United after joining Newcastle in January 2010, he did go on to score 10 Premier League goals despite only starting 25 PL games, plus another four league appearances as a substitute.

The undoubted highlight of his brief Newcastle career would be the hat-trick he scored against West Ham in a 5-0 win in January 2011.


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