Leon to lead the Bandits

Published on 12th November 2022
Author George Dodds

Some familiar faces will be back at Shielfield in 2023, although one is taking on a new role.

Double British champion Leon Flint was unveiled as the Bandits’ first confirmed signing for next season at the club’s end of season presentation evening and he was also named as team captain.

He will have turned 20 by the time the Championship campaign begins in April, his fourth as a Bandit.

And Leon will be leading a side which will again be sponsored by FTS and powered by Keenwood Karpets after the sponsors confirmed their continued backing for the club.

Back and leading from the front … the skipper addresses the presentation night

“Some legendary names have captained the Bandits over the years so it’s quite a challenge but one that I am really up for,” he said on Friday night.

“There’s not many professional sportsmen who get to captain their home town team but it would be even better to lead them to some silverware.

“I’ve stood in for Kev Doolan in the past and started last season as Bullets’ captain but this is a new challenge and one I am really looking forward to.”

Club co-owner Jamie Courtney said: “That’s three great signings as we plan for 2023.

“The willingness of both FTS and Keenwood Karpets to commit to the new season is a great boost to us as we construct our teams.

“For Leon, the captaincy was the obvious next step as he looks to continue his progress.”

George Dodds
George Dodds

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