Rotherham United suspend Simon Lenighan just one week after signing him

Neil Redfearn

The Millers player worked with Neil Redfearn at Leeds United.

Just a week ago Simon Lenighan found himself a new club after leaving Leeds United. The 21-year-old was one of the top youngsters in the Leeds team and had been playing with Harrogate until he was snapped up by his former youth coach at Leeds.

Speaking about the player Redfearn had gushing terms, as reported by The Star:

“Simon was one of the group that got first-team exposure when I was at Leeds. He was in the group of Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook. He was captain of the under-18s and U-21s and he lost his way for whatever reason and found himself out of it.

“This is an opportunity foe him. He has to grasp it and he realises that. It’s a measured gamble because I know what he is capable of.”

Now, just one week after making the move back into the professional game, Lenighan has been suspended.

Rotherham United announced this official statement earlier today:

"The club can announce that following recent reported events in the press and having spoken with the player concerned, it has decided to suspend Simon Lenighan pending an investigation into the matter.

"The club will make a further statement as and when appropriate but will not do so whilst the matter is under investigation.

"The club hopes to finalise its investigation in a speedy manner and will make further comment as and when appropriate to do so."

It came as reports in the press emerged regarding Lenighan's antics off the pitch which has seen the decision to sign the talented but troubled midfielder lampooned by many.

Lenighan already had a tarnished reputation because of reports regarding his off-field behaviour but this latest setback is yet another blemish on his short career.

Rotherham United will now have a decision to make regarding the long-term future of the former Leeds player and the decision to sign him now looks a mistake.

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