Preston North End talent Lewis Leigh has admitted that things ‘went sideways’ at Liverpool before he finally came to Deepdale.
Leigh has been coming through PNE’s ranks in recent years, and made the bench for the first team against Millwall last season.
Leigh also featured under Frankie McAvoy in pre-season, and was even the squad number 17 – suggesting he’s in senior contention.
Now, Leigh has spoken to the Lancashire Evening Post about his history at Liverpool.
Leigh was born in Preston and is a boyhood PNE fan, but actually joined North End from Liverpool.
The 17-year-old admitted that it just didn’t work for him after years in the Liverpool setup, but was buzzing to finally sign for his boyhood club.
“I’d previously been at Liverpool and when that went sideways and Preston became interested, this was where I wanted to be,” said Leigh. “Growing up I was a North End fan, I used to sit in the Invincibles Pavilion near to the away fans.”
“I was at Liverpool from a really young age, I was only three-and-a-half when my dad took me for a kickabout at the UCLan Sports Arena. There was some kind of foundation coaching there and Liverpool saw me. I ended up being at Liverpool until I was 14. At first it was little fun sessions and from the age of eight we started properly.”
“It was Monday, Wednesday and Friday training there, then from the Under-12s it was Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. When I was 14 I left Liverpool and joined the academy here,” he added.
What’s interesting is that Leigh is already being linked with a return to Merseyside.
Football Insider claim that Everton want to sign Leigh, despite the midfielder signing a professional deal at Deepdale.
West Ham United are also keen, meaning PNE still face a fight to keep hold of Leigh.
Having been let go in Liverpool before and found his way to his boyhood club, maybe Leigh will want to focus on PNE rather than eye a move to Everton.