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Ex-Leeds Utd & England U19’s Midfielder signs for Pontefract Collieries!

Former Leeds United and England U19’s midfielder Gavin Rothery has signed for EvoStik Premier Division East side Pontefract Collieries in a season long loan from Hyde United.

Born in Morley, West Yorkshire, Rothery progressed through the Leeds United youth system and was first involved in the first team after being an unused substitute against Rotherham United on 8 May 2005. He was named in the England under-19 team in February 2006 along with Theo Walcott. He agreed a new one-year contract with Leeds in August 2007. Rothery was rated as one of the best prospects at the academy but suffered a major ankle injury which required ankle reconstruction surgery which ultimately became a major setback for his development.

After being released by Leeds in April 2008, he signed a short-term contract with Conference Premier team York City on 24 October following a trial. He made his debut as a 90th-minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Oxford United. He was released by new manager Martin Foyle on 23 December, after making three appearances for York. He signed for Harrogate Town of the Conference North on 31 December.

Rothery started a trial with League One team Carlisle United in January 2009, which was later extended. He signed a one-month contract with the club and had this extended in March. He made one appearance for Carlisle before the end of the 2008–09 season, being an 86th-minute substitute in a 1–0 defeat to Huddersfield Town.

After the end of the season, in May, he was offered a new one-year contract, which he subsequently signed. He joined Conference Premier team Barrow on loan until 3 January 2010 on 26 November.He finished the 2009–10 season with five appearances for Carlisle and the club announced that he would be released when his contract expired on 30 June.

At the start of the 2010–11 season he joined newly promoted Conference North side Guiseley on trial and was subsequently signed on in July. In November 2010, Guiseley were drawn against Conference Premier leaders Crawley Town. As a result of good form in the first half of the 2011–12 season, Rothery was handed a contract extension in January 2012, keeping him at Nethermoor until May 2013. He missed the second half of the 2011/12 season with a broken toe. In the 2012/13 season, he won the Conference North player of the month for August after netting five goals in four games for the Lions.

On 16 June 2016 it was announced that Rothery had signed for National League North side Gainsborough Trinity.

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