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Edmondson pays tribute to City

15th November 2017

Striker Ryan Edmondson has paid tribute to the coaching staff in York City's Academy after securing his 'dream' move to Leeds United.

Edmondson, still only 16, was snapped up by the Championship club today after developing his game at Bootham Crescent for over two years.

He had joined City after being rejected by Huddersfield Town and says the club has restored his self-confidence as a footballer.

"I have really enjoyed my time at York City and I am grateful for the opportunity the club has given me," he said.

"When I first arrived, I was not that confident as a player because I had been knocked back by Huddersfield. But the coaching staff here picked me up and gave me the confidence to play my game as I do now.

"I have progressed a lot since coming to the club. Steve Torpey has been a massive influence and the Academy staff have pushed me to push myself and strengthened my desire."

Born in Harrogate, Edmondson has always supported Leeds and attended games at Elland Road with his father from the age of six.

He made his debut for City as a substitute against Brackley in Vanarama National League North last month and is now in the record books as the third youngest player in the club's history.

"When Martin Gray gave me the opportunity to make my first team debut last month it was a massive step in my career," he reflected. "It's a big step now to move from York to Leeds but I have been a Leeds fan ever since I was a kid and it's always been my dream to play at Elland Road.

"It is a difficult decision to leave York because I have only just started my scholarship and there is an amazing group of lads in the youth team. I have enjoyed every single second of my time at York and it's a very friendly environment for a young player," he added.

"Moving to any other club was going to be hard but I am going to my 'dream' club," he admitted. "I never expected to move from York to a Championship club but my aim is to push myself as hard as I can. I am still pinching myself now and worry that I might wake up from this dream! It's all very surreal."

Everyone at Bootham Crescent wishes Ryan all the best in the next stage of his career.

Ryan Edmondson

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