Date: 3rd September 2010 at 10:50pm
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Much travelled striker Leon Constantine is reported to have joined York City, who have also once again registered their 39-year-old youth coach Steve Torpey as a player.

Constantine, who is 32, has had in excess of a dozen clubs after originally beginning his career with Edgware Town before joining Millwall in September 2000. From there he had loan spells at both Leyton Orient and Partick Thistle until signing for Brentford on a free transfer in August 2002. Twelve months later he moved on again to Southend United on non-contract terms before agreeing a permanent deal a month later. He netted 21 goals in 43 games for the Shrimpers.

But in May 2004 he was back on his travels once again as he joined Peterborough United and five months later signed a loan deal with Torquay United. After a couple of months at Plainmoor he earned a full transfer to the Gulls for a club record £75,000 fee.

Next up was a move to Port Vale in November 2005 following a successful loan, and it was at Vale Park where Constantine was to enjoy his second really decent spell after finishing the 2006-07 season with twenty-six goals to his credit. That brought him a two-year deal with Leeds United before later moving to Northampton Town in July 2008 and Hereford United the following summer, where he was eventually released from at the end of last season.

Meanwhile, veteran Torpey arrived as youth team coach at Bootham Crescent following the departure of Neil Redfearn in December 2008. He had previously been a consistent goalscorer during spells with Millwall, Bradford City, Swansea City, Bristol City, Notts County, Scunthorpe United and Lincoln City, with a career total of 139 goals in 593 Football League appearances.

After leaving Sincil Bank, Torpey played and coached at Farsley Celtic and North Ferriby United before making a couple of senior appearances for the Minstermen the season before last.

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3 Replies to “Leon Constantine joins York”

  • “Despite finishing the season with 26 goals in all competitions for Port Vale (38 in 18 months for the club) he was never a fan favourite at Vale Park and split fans down the middle because of his lax looking approaches which made it appear that he was lazy and put no effort in.”

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