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One-time Leeds United talent Chris Dawson joins Scarborough Athletic

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One-time Leeds United talent Chris Dawson joins Scarborough Athletic

The midfielder has struggled with injuries since leaving Leeds United.

Leeds United fans probably don’t bother themselves with the news at non-league Scarborough Athletic, but one development at the club from yesterday might have caught the eye.

Chris Dawson signed for the club earlier this week, along with former Sheffield United youngster Jorome Slew.

Speaking to the Scarborough News about the move, Dawson explained he was just happy to be playing football again:

“There were quite a few clubs (interested). But I know the manager here and I know one of the lads here and I am not really bothered about what level I play at.

“I just want to be playing football again and want consistent game time.”

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Leeds United fans will, of course, remember Dawson well.

The Welsh under-21 international was a highly rated youngster at Thorp Arch when he signed his professional contract in 2012.

He made his original Leeds breakthrough to the first team in 2013, starting in a 2-1 loss against Derby County in April of the same year.

Nonetheless, he struggled with a shoulder injury and other ailments after that period.

He next played for Leeds in November 2014 and after featuring just two more times for the club, he was released in January 2016.

Two days later Dawson headed to Rotherham United, then managed by his former Leeds academy boss Neil Redfearn.

Dawson, however, has had an unlucky career. By the time he had returned to full fitness, Redfearn had been sacked and he never went on to feature for the Millers.

After joining former Leeds coach Ian Burchnall for a loan spell at Norwegian side Viking FK he was released by Rotherham in May of last year.

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Since then it has been a tough ride for Dawson.

A behind-closed-doors friendly for Oldham Athletic has been his only 90 minutes in the last year, after suffering a torn ACL.

The knee injury has kept him out of action but now, fully fit, he is hoping to help the Seadogs in their bid for promotion from the Northern Premier League Division One North.

Leeds United fans were always excited about Dawson’s ability. Often praised by his coaches and fans for his performances with the under-23s he looked a first-team prospect.

Technically gifted and dangerous around the box the Welsh talent has all the necessary skills to be a star. The one thing Dawson has not been gifted with is luck.

Hopefully, he can find success with Scarborough. Five years after making his Leeds debut, Dawson is embarking on the latest stage of his career.

No Leeds United fan would begrudge him any future success.

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