Leeds United goalkeeper Charlie Horton has explained to Radio Yorkshire that there were two main reasons he decided to move to the club.
The young American was among Uwe Rosler’s first signings when he took over at Elland Road and he’s explained that Rosler always expressed a real desire to benefit from and work with the younger players at the football club.
Horton is now facing a big challenge to try and force his way into the team over the course of the season, with two good options ahead of him in the form of current number one Marco Silvestri and the experienced Ross Turnbull.
“It was the belief that the manager has in young players – After we talked, the gaffer and I, it became obvious to me and with Rich (Hartis) involved, who I’ve had success with in the past, I think I can really thrive for him,” he told Radio Yorkshire.
How can Horton improve his position in the pecking order?
He’ll have to be patient because it would be surprising if Rosler installed him as number one over the first couple of months.
The encouraging thing about Horton is that he seems to be a very grounded and sensible individual, willing to work hard to get his chance.
He’ll start the season in a very highly rated under-21 side which has been a platform over the last couple of seasons, which has seen players graduating into the first team.
His first aim needs to be consistent in terms of his performances for that team, as he looks to try and grab the attention of senior coaches at the club and if he does that, he should eventually get his chance.