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Mikele Leigertwood


Mikele Benjamin Leigertwood is an English-born Antiguan footballer who plays forReading in the Premier League. He also plays for the Antigua and Barbuda national football team. Leigertwood began his career with Wimbledon, but he made his professional debut while on loan to Leyton Orient in November 2001. He got his first game of his football profile at Wimbledon at the end of the 2001–2002 season, in a 1–0 defeat against Barnsley. He transferred to Crystal Palace for £155,000 in January 2004, and played in 10 league games for the remainder of the 2003–2004 season, helping to secure Palace's promotion to the FA Premier League. In the 2004–2005 season, he made 23 appearances for Palace, including his first goal for the club against Tottenham Hotspur. He joined Sheffield United on a three year deal after the Blades paid a £600,000 compensation fee. Then Leigertwood joined Queens Park Rangers for a fee of £900,000 in August 2007. During his time at Queens Park Rangers, he made 141 appearances and 12 goals for Queens Park Rangers; quite a considerable statistic. He scored his first goal for the club against Stevenage in the FA Cup on 29 January 2011. In May 2011, it was announced that Reading had signed Leigertwood on a three-year contract. The key role Leigertwood had played was rewarded when he scored the winning goal in a 1–0 victory at home to Nottingham Forest which secured Reading's promotion back to the top flight after a four year absence.
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