WHAT an impact on the Brighouse Old Boys club Lee Burgess has made since he arrived in late October.
The goals were coming thick and fast - eight in his first three games for the reserves as he bedded in - and now he is in the first team firing line when they can eventually get on the field of play owing to the inclement weather and ground conditions.
Formerly with Brighouse Town before a spell with FC Fields of Bradford, the 21-year-old lives in Shelf and works for QC Supplies based in the Halifax area.
A former pupil of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School, Lee started playing football for Wyke Wanderers before being signed for Bradford City at the age of 14 and then at 16 he was signed and played for a year and a half with Hull City.
“I was training on the youth team scheme and when it came to assessment, unfortunately I had a double hernia in my groin and was released from Hull,” added Lee.
It was then that Lee went to Brighouse Town and had two seasons with them before joining Fields.
“I work with Reece Bray who played at the Old Boys and he has gone travelling for a year but put me in touch with the Old Boys before he left,” said Lee.
Having his Level Two in coaching, Lee is now on to his UEFA B qualification and has had notification that he will be coaching professionally next year but is unable at present to divulge the team he will be working with.
The centre forward has aspirations to coach professionally and is pleased with the offer on the table.
“I needed some coaching experience so I have also been over with Fields in Great Horton coaching their under 19s for the past 12 months and as part of the agreement I had to also play for the first team.
“The under 19s were a scratch team and in our first year we won the Northern U19 Alliance League trophy.
“I am enjoying playing for the Old Boys, but I haven’t had the chance to play that many games with the weather, but hope to get some more chances pretty soon,” added Lee.