Town capture defender Heath ahead of Telford clash

Matt Heath in action for Leeds United

Matt Heath in action for Leeds United

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Harrogate Town have signed former Leicester City defender Matt Heath ahead of tomorrow’s Skrill North hosting of AFC Telford.

The 32-year-old 6’4 centre half brings experience just shy of 250 league games with him.

Speaking about his new signing, manager Simon Weaver said:“We are very pleased that we have been able to bring in someone of Matt’s experience and presence.

“He is an excellent character and his organising at the back will be of huge benefit to the younger defenders that we have at the club.”

Starting his career at his home club of Leicester City, Heath made his debut in 2001-2002 against Charlton Athletic in the Premiership. During his time with the “Foxes”, he would go on to make 60 appearances (scoring 6 goals) before leaving in 2005. Whilst at Leicester, Heath also went on loan to Stockport County, who were in League 2 at the time.

He then re-joined former manager Micky Adams at Coventry City in 2005, following his release from Leicester City.

A year later, Heath joined Elland Road giants Leeds United on loan, making the move permanent on the 2nd January 2007.

He would go on to partner Ugo Ehiogu and Matthew Kilgallon and make over 50 appearances for the Whites.

Following Gary MacAllister’s appointment as manager, Heath was sent on loan to Colchester United and again, he would make this move permanent as soon as his loan spell had finished. During his five year stay with the U’s he made over 100 appearances.

During his stay at Colchester, he also made loan appearances at Brighton & Hove Albion and Southend United.

On expiration of his contract, Matt moved to League 2 side Northampton Town on a six month contract.

Town meanwhile need to get back to winning ways after defeats to Guiseley and Vauxhall Motors.

Their New Year’s Day trip to Guiseley was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

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