Former Leeds United talent Simon Walton sums up club's start to the season

Simon Walton - Leeds United dejected

The former Leeds starlet has joined non-league Guiseley this week.

Simon Walton - Leeds United dejectedSimon Walton

A former Leeds United player was on the move yesterday, heading back to West Yorkshire.

Simon Walton has joined Guiseley on non-contract terms as he attempts to get back into the Football league following his release by Crawley Town.

It is hard to believe the utility man is just 28-years-old, but that highlights just how young he was when he made his breakthrough at Leeds.

Simon Walton celebrates scoring Crawley's third goal from the penalty spotSimon Walton celebrates scoring Crawley's third goal from the penalty spot

Walton was 16-years-old at the time but his time at Leeds ended when he headed to then Premier League Charlton Athletic.

Since then he has struggled to utilise his talent whilst a broken leg and cruciate knee ligament damage have not helped his cause.

Upon signing for the National League side Walton spoke to BBC Leeds about the deal, but could not help but have a chat about his beloved Leeds United as well:

“I’ve kept more than a close eye on things.

“I was quite optimistic to be fair in the summer but as per normal things happen and it’s kind of back down to earth a little bit.

Simon Walton - Leeds United in action against Yakubu - PortsmouthSimon Walton - Leeds United in action against Yakubu - Portsmouth

“I think things are slowly moving in the right direction but I have been saying that to you for three or four years now.

“Fingers cross things will start moving a bit quicker in the near future but it’s slow at the minute.”

Walton, from Sherburn-in-Elmet, certainly summed up the general feeling from most Leeds fans regarding the start to the club’s season.

Simon Walton  - Leeds United is booked by referee Ray OlivierSimon Walton - Leeds United is booked by referee Ray Olivier

Pre-season optimism was high but performances have been average so far and many fans at Elland Road are already fearing a scrappy season.

Hopefully Garry Monk can get the right result v Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town this weekend to help push them in the right direction.

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