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Oh Grella

Oh Grella

Submitted: 12/03/09 (Edited 12/23/09)
Description: Mike Grella here United's American under 20 International walks away from a hefty challenge leaving the Leyton orient opposition on the deck. This First Division game with Leyton Orient was played on the 24th November, 2009.

New Yorker Mike Grella an American International at under 18 and under 20 level joined Leeds United on February 2nd, 2009 after impressing manager Simon Grayson while on trial with the club. Grella who has Italian heritage initially signed up till the end of the 2009-10 season but that was soon extended in the Summer in a new three year deal after good showings in the reserves and the 11 occasions when he was pulled off the bench to show for the first team. Grella scored a hat-trick in his first reserve outing against Barnsley and followed that with two in the next match against Grimsby. Grella went on to impress in United's pre-season matches scoring his first senior goal for the club in the 2-1 friendly win away at Burnley. Just two days before Grella extended his contract on August 12th, 2009 he picked up the Man of the Match award in the Football League Cup game with Darlington.
"I'm absolutely delighted to have signed the deal. The dream when I came here was to sign a pro contract, It is good to know that the club have instilled a bit of belief and confidence in me. I want to be part of the group and play as big a part as I possibly can in getting Leeds promoted so we'll have to wait to see how it plays out. I am sure the goals will come for me..."

Match report to follow.

Leeds United: Ankergren, Kisnorbo, Michalik, Bromby, Doyle, Kilkenny, Howson, Hughes, Snodgrass, Beckford, Vokes.
Subs: White for Hughes, Gradel for Vokes, Grella for Howson.

Thanks to Mamf for this great pic.
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