Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Knight gets on his charger to leave Coleraine

Leon Knight has played his last game for Coleraine.





The Bannsiders have been hit with the hammer blow of losing the striker, whose goal-laden spell at the club lasted just four months.

Knight has been a revelation at the Showgrounds after scoring twice on his debut against Glenavon and now manager David Platt has been left to search for yet another striker on the eve of tomorrow’s trip to Dungannon Swifts.

Knight revealed the news of his departure from the club on his Twitter account, confirming: “I will be leaving Northern Ireland tomorrow morning and heading for east England.

“I’ll be flying to East Midlands, that’s all I’m gonna say on the matter for now until the contract is signed.”

His new club isn’t known, but League One Notts County last night emerged as the possible destination for the much travelled hitman.

He was also linked with possible moves to Walsall and Mansfield Town.

Moving to a club in England wasn’t previously an option for Knight, but it is understood that a row with former club Rushden and Diamonds over a sum of £30,000 may have been sorted out.

Knight left Rushden over two years ago in acrimonious circumstances and since then he has been forced to play his football outside of England.

Rushden — who like Mansfield are in the Blue Square Premier League — have a contract with a clause in it which has allowed them to retain Knight’s registration until the end of this season, when his deal with the club would have expired and that has prevented him from playing for an English club.

He has, however, been able to play elsewhere and prior to joining Coleraine in October the 28-year-old had a spell in Greece before playing for both Hamilton Academical and Queen of the South in Scotland.

Losing Knight means more frustration for Bannsiders boss Platt, who has now seen three top strikers leave in a year.

Twelve months ago Rory Patterson signed a pre-contract agreement with Glentoran — although he was still a Coleraine player until the end of the season before signing for Plymouth Argyle.

Former Northern Ireland under-21 international Sammy Morrow was signed to replace Patterson, but he was first hit with a Fifa ban for breaching gambling rules and then joined Tranmere Rovers just a couple of games into this season.

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