Coleraine: These are great days for Knight
David Platt last night hailed Leon Knight’s commitment to Coleraine as a big part of when the striker has made a flying start to his career with the Bannsiders.
Many cross-channel based players like Knight, both past and present, have played in the Irish League, but did little more than fly in for games and head for home afterwards with a rather large pay cheque in their pocket.
The former Chelsea trainee, however, has spent most of this week in the north-west town and it’s not the first time that he’s given up time with his family to focus on football after netting five times in just four appearances for the club.
“Leon trained with us on Tuesday night and stayed over,” said Platt, who is hoping that his striker will have fully recovered from a hamstring injury to face Portadown tomorrow.
“The way to nurture a team is by building team spirit. When I was in my early 20s I was flying back and forward to England to play and you never get to know anyone.
“Leon decided that the best way for him to make an impression on his team-mates was to be here training with the rest of the lads and it’s good for everyone concerned.”
Platt is looking for consistency from his team after last Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Donegal Celtic followed a magnificent performance in beating Distillery 3-0.