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Nuneaton Borough sign ex-Premier League and EFL striker

Southern League Premier Division Central outfit Nuneaton Borough sign ex-Premier League and EFL striker Leroy Lita, who was recently at Chelmsford City.

Manager Jimmy Ginnelly was delighted to have a player of his pedigree on board.

Jimmy said: “his partner is from Nuneaton and they’ve recently moved into a house on The Longshoot, which is just 5 minutes from the ground, so this is a win-win situation for both parties.”

“These sort of players don’t come onto Nuneaton’s radar very often so we moved quickly and obviously all of us here at the Boro are very excited.”

“Me and Leroy had a good old chat about football and life in general and we finally got to talking about him joining the club.”

“The main thing that he seemed to understand was that this move wasn’t about money and it was a breath of fresh air to sit with a new signing that isn’t trying to hold the club to ransom for the most money he can get. He simply wants to give some of his footballing experience back to his local club.”

“Hopefully he can give the players and our fantastic supporters the benefit of his England U21’s and Premiership skills.”

He retired from professional football in the summer, though had a brief spell for Margate in 2018 and for Salisbury in September earlier this year.

Lita started his youth career with Chelsea before leaving them for Bristol City in 2002, where he went on to score over 30 goals.

He has also played four seasons in the top flight whilst at Reading and Swansea City.

As well as Premier League experience, he’s also had plenty in the Football League, featuring for the likes of Middlesbrough, Birmingham City, Sheffield Wednesday, Brighton & Hove Albion, Barnsley, Notts County and Yeovil Town.

Lita played abroad for AO Chania in Greece and Sisaket in Thailand.

At international level, Leroy made 9 appearances for the England Under 21’s, scoring 6 goals.

HIS PLAYING CAREER:

2002–2005 – Bristol City – 85 games, 31 goals
2005–2009 – Reading – 83 games, 20 goals
2008 → Charlton Athletic (loan) – 8 games, 3 goals
2008–2009 → Norwich City (loan) – 16 games, 7 goals
2009–2011 – Middlesbrough – 78 games, 20 goals
2011–2014 – Swansea City – 18 games, 2 goals
2012 → Birmingham City (loan) – 10 games, 3 goals
2013 → Sheffield Wednesday (loan) – 17 games, 6 goals
2013 → Brighton & Hove Albion (loan) – 5 games, 1 goals
2014–2015 – Barnsley – 19 games, 2 goals
2015 → Notts County (loan) – 6 games, 0 goals
2015–2016 – AO Chania – 11 games, 1 goals
2016 – Yeovil Town – 8 games, 1 goals
2017 – Sisaket – 21 games, 5 goals
2018 – Margate – 3 games, 0 goals
2019 – Salisbury – 3 games, 2 goals
2019 – 2020 – Chelmsford City – 14 games, 2 goals

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