Date: Tue 01 Aug 2023

By Steve Whitney

Veteran Striker Returns to Nuneaton

Pitching In Southern League Premier Division Central club Nuneaton Borough have re-signed veteran striker Leroy Lita.

The 38-year-old prolific marksman returns to Boro from Ilkeston Town following the departure of Jamie Ward as player-manager of the now-Northern Premier League Premier Division outfit.

Lita came out of a short retirement and signed for Southern Premier Division South side Salisbury in September 2019 before switching to Vanarama National League South side Chelmsford City two months later.

Born in Kinshasa, Zaire, he made his professional debut in 2002 for Bristol City, scoring 31 goals in 85 games.

He then made the move to Reading, and it was at the Royals where he made a name for himself.

The forward played a crucial role in firing Reading into the Premier League for the first time in their history in his debut season with the club in the 2005/06 season.

He then went on to 14 goals in his first season in the top-flight as Reading finished eighth in their debut season in the Premier League, whilst narrowly missing out on a European place.

The Royals were relegated the following season, however, and he left the club when his contract expired in 2009.

He joined Middlesbrough for a two-year-spell that wasn’t as successful as his time at Reading, and he swiftly left Boro to join Swansea City, and this is where his career started to take a bit of a dip.

He only made 21 appearances for the Swans in three years with the Welsh side and spent time out on loan at the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Brighton.

After leaving Swansea, he joined Barnsley but left after one season, and made the move to Greek side AO Chania, but he only spent a year in Greece after scoring 3 goals in 15 appearances.

In March 2016 he returned to England for a short spell at Yeovil Town, but left after making just 8 appearances, scoring just once.

In January 2017, he joined Thai League T1 side Sisaket and then had a short stay in the Isthmian League Premier Division with Margate before announcing he was hanging up his boots.

He joined Nuneaton for the first time in May 2020 and then switched to league rivals Stratford Town in January 2022 and to another, Hednesford Town, in March 2022.

In January 2023, he moved on to then-league rivals Ilkeston.

Lita told Boro’s social media outlets: “It’s great to be back at the club. The team had a good season last year. It was great to see them progressing, especially because of all the work done in the background. I feel I have unfinished business here and I’m back to help the team go that one step further”.

Nuneaton Borough Web Site

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