Leon Best

Born: September 19, 1986, Nottingham
Date Signed: February 1, 2010
NUFC Debut: 5 February 2010 v Cardiff (H)

 

Leon joined the Magpies on 31 January 2010 from Coventry on a 3 ½ year deal, fee undisclosed. Best had already netted nine Championship goals from 15 outings for The Sky Blues this season, prior to joining United and was part of the side beaten 2-0 by United at the Ricoh Arena in December.

 

Nottingham born, the pacy frontman started his career at Southampton and made his senior debut on his 18th birthday against Newcastle - United 2-1 victors at the St. Mary's Stadium. During three years on the South Coast Best also enjoyed loan spells at Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth and Yeovil Town.

 

A move to Coventry followed in the summer of 2007 and he bagged nine goals during his maiden campaign with Iain Dowie's men. Best's international bow came at the end of last season during a friendly with Nigeria and he has gone on to earn seven caps. He is re-united with former Southampton team-mate Mike Williamson.

 

Didn't score for United in the 2009/10 season but found the net twice in pre-season friendlies in July 2010.