He made a solid return in the Middlesex Senior Cup tie and has now signed National League forms for the Beavers. If he can prove his fitness over the coming weeks, he will be a welcome – and somewhat unexpected – addition to the squad.
The club is doing its bit to thank him for his loyalty by staging a charity race night at Molesey Royal British Legion in St Mary’s Road on Saturday, November 18, 8pm.
All the proceeds will go to Leon, whose work was curtailed by the injury and whose semi-pro career was put on hold during his recovery.
Manager Alan Dowson, who has helped organise the evening, said: “Leon injured his knee in training towards the end of last season, but I asked him to keep playing as we were challenging for the play-offs and in two semi-finals.”
Leon had to eventually admit defeat and missed the final games of the season. Worse was to follow, though, when doctors told him the injury was serious and might prevent him from playing again.
However, Leon opted to have a make-or-break operation and began to feel he had a chance as the knee improved.
“He had to do his own rehab and was not able to make a contribution until this week,” said Dowse.
“I’ve got great admiration for the way he’s come back from this and we all hope he can return to being the player who was so important for us.
“He’s not only a good player, but he’s a great influence in the dressing room.”
The first team squad will be at the race night to support Leon. Entry is free and there are eight races, including an auction race, tote betting and good-value bar prices.
You don’t need to book – you can just turn up on the night and join in. It should be a lot of fun!
Updated 09:54 - 20 Nov 2017 by Rob Overfield