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Interview: Ryan Leonard out to rediscover best form at hometown club

29 August 2014

The thought of the long trip to Plymouth Argyle is always met with a rise smile by Blues’ midfielder Ryan Leonard, as he prepares to head back to his hometown club.

Leonard spent ten years with the Pilgrims, including a year as a professional, before being released by the club he supported as a boy.

He then gave former Blues boss Paul Sturrock a call who remembered him from his days at Home Park and invited him in on trial at Roots Hall.

A couple of goals and some impressive displays earned him a permanent deal, and the 22-year-old has gone from strength to strength.

The midfielder is determined to kick on again this season, and says he’d love to get back to his best form at his former club on Saturday.

He said: “I think it has been a bit of a slow start from me if I’m honest and I think there’s definitely a lot more to come.

“I’m enjoying playing in the midfield two with Conor Clifford at the moment and he’s on fire, but hopefully this can be the game where I get playing at my best again.

“Plymouth away is the first game I look for and the one I most look forward to so of course I want to put in a good performance.

“I’m experienced enough now to be able to treat it the same way I’d approach any other game even though I’ll probably have 15 or so family members watching the game.

“I don’t feel under any added pressure and the biggest expectancy to perform will actually come from myself.”

After a defeat and a draw in Blues’ most recent league outings, Leonard is hoping to help his team back to winning ways at Home Park.

“We couldn’t have done much more than we did in the two games we’ve just played,” he added. “So it’s frustrating not to have picked up more points.

“We just didn’t take the chances that came our way, but at least we’re creating them. Hopefully we can start taking them on Saturday.

“I’m 100 per cent convinced we have the squad here to get promotion this season.

“We’ve made an okay start to the season in terms of points, but we’ll be looking to kick on at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.”

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