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Charlie Horton comments on Leeds transfer, admits watching former hero Mark Viduka

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New Leeds United signing Charlie Horton has admitted his admiration for former striker Mark Viduka.

Leeds United have confirmed the arrival of American goalkeeper Charlie Horton on their official website - and the play is excited to be arriving at Elland Road.

The London-born goalkeeper moved to the United States as a child, before being offered a scholarship with North Carolina University - only to snub it in favour of a return to England and sign for Peterborough United.

After a year with the Posh, Horton moved on to Cardiff City, and worked with new Leeds goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis during his time in South Wales, with the duo now reuniting at Elland Road as Leeds attempt to bring in competition for first choice Marco Silvestri.

Now, the 20-year-old bas left Cardiff for Leeds, and the United States Under-23 international will be hoping to make an impact next season and beyond, though his Whites career will initially begin with the Under-21 side as gains experience.

Horton spoke to the Leeds official website after signing his two-year deal this afternoon, lauding the club's facilities before admitting that he used to watch Leeds as a child - and more specifically, Australian striker Mark Viduka, who was an Elland Road hero having scored 72 goals in four seasons at the club.

"I’m really excited," said Horton. "Any time you can come to a club like Leeds, where all the players are hungry for success and hungry to move up the table and back to where the club belongs in the Premier League, that’s every players dream. To be a part of that is something I’d love to have on my resume."

"I’ve heard nothing but good things about Leeds United as a club. I used to grow up when I was young living in England watching Mark Viduka and those kind of players play back then in the Premier League. The stadium is unbelievable, the training ground is unbelievable. The facilities here are first class. Now it’s our job as players to get the club back to where it belongs," he added.

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