Aberdeen gave him a platform – but the desire to prove himself at Leeds United is what is driving Ryan Edmondson now.
The 19-year-old striker spent the first half of this season at the Dons on loan from Leeds United, their most used sub as he scored two goals during his short Pittodrie stint. Following the expiry of this deal, he has moved to League One Northampton Town.
It’s with a view to more minutes as Edmondson sets his Leeds United goals and looks back on time at Aberdeen: “It was a great opportunity, for a 19-year-old lad, to go up and play in the Scottish Premiership. Aberdeen is a big club. It was far from home but it was a learning curve and will hopefully benefit my career.
“I had spoken to Keith a couple of times and he had expressed interest persistently over the past couple of seasons, keeping a close eye on my development For a player that’s amazing, you know he’s monitoring you and your performances.
“Up in Aberdeen I didn’t play so much but Keith Curle still wants me here and that’s amazing to know, that he’s watched the games I’ve played and still made that impact. Hopefully I can play more regularly here and repay him.
“I was thinking about a loan [last season] and my agent said to me about it last January but Leeds didn’t want me going anywhere until I’d signed a new contract. When they’re in the Premier League it’s difficult for a youngster to push through at that standard.
“I think you need to get yourself out there into lower league football to play regularly, get a feel for the men’s game and hopefully improve yourself to get back to that level. There’s a bigger picture but you’ve got to focus on the here and now. I’ve come to Northampton to try and help the club and help myself develop a platform and get my name around. If that helps me get towards Leeds’ first team, amazing.”