Matty Downing has posted on Twitter after it was confirmed he had left Leeds United and joined National League North side Bradford Park Avenue with his Elland Road contract expiring at the end of the month.
Downing, 20, initially joined Leeds’ academy 15 years ago and has since been a prominent member of both the Under-18 side and reserve teams – but has endured a torrid time with injury.
The left-back has been forced onto the sidelines with multiple fitness and injury problems, before breaking his leg at the start of 2019. Downing is still recovering from that problem, but looks as though he will do so away from Leeds.
Downing sent a heartfelt message to Leeds supporters on Twitter after the left-footed star was confirmed as leaving Elland Road on a permanent basis with his contract ending on June 30 – and joining BPA on a free.
Been a crazy 15 years full of ups and downs, some great memories with some great people. Thanks to those @LUFC that have helped me to develop as a player and person. Can’t wait to get started ⚽️🏃🏾♂️ https://t.co/A7Dv3Zwqr5
— Matthew Downing (@MatthewDownin14) June 22, 2020
Liam Cooper responded to Downing’s Tweet:
All the best mate! Never given up or moped around the place when it would have been easy to with the injuries and a set backs youve had. That mentality will always keep you right. I wish you all the success you deserve 🙌🏼 https://t.co/0MtcG6TxQw
— Liam Cooper 💙💛 (@LiamCooper__) June 22, 2020
TBR’s view – Downing has made right decision to leave
Had he been fit, Downing would have struggled to get into the Leeds side anyway. The left-back slot is one of the most-filled places in the team, with Stuart Dallas, Barry Douglas, Leif Davis and Gjanni Alioski all able to play there.
Leaving Leeds in order to get first-team football will allow Downing to finally taste regular, senior game time and have the chance to show those keeping tabs on him, what he can do.