Profile – Daniel Leadbitter

By Keith Brookman

The Geordie born defender graduated through the ranks at Newcastle United, for whom he signed a pro contract in 2007.

Although he made a number of reserve team appearances for the Magpies he was unable to break into the first team and was released in June 2011.

That same month he moved to the other end of the country when he signed for Torquay United and he made his debut for the Gulls in a 0-1 defeat against Bradford City, at Valley Parade, in October 2011.

There were 15 appearances in his one season at Plainmoor and in August 2013 he signed for Hereford United, for whom he made 40 appearances in 2013/14.

Essentially a right back, he can play in any position across the back line and his versatility has proved invaluable during his three seasons at the club.

Daniel leadbitter - Photo Credit - JMP
Daniel Leadbitter – Photo Credit – JMP

Daniel made his Rovers debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season, against Grimsby Town and scored his first Rovers goal in a 3-2 win against Lincoln City on 13th September and was on the bench for the Vanarama Conference Play Off Final in 2015.

A regular in the side that won promotion from League Two in 2015/16, he appeared in 30 EFL League One games inn 2016/17, but injury restricted his appearances the following season when he made just 17 league appearances.

Another injury hit season followed in 2018/19 when he only added another 11 league games to his overall Rovers tally of 115.

Released in the summer of 2019, he joined League Two side Newport County.

Welcome aboard, Leads!