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Leon Barnett
Personal information
Full name Leon Peter Barnett
Date of birth 30 November 1985 (1985-11-30) (age 24)
Place of birth    Luton, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Coventry City
(on loan from West Bromwich Albion)
Number 22
Youth career
2002–2005 Luton Town
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2002–2007
2004–2005
2007–
2009–
Luton Town
Aylesbury United (loan)
West Bromwich Albion
Coventry City (loan)
59 (3)
06 (0)
45 (3)
10 (0)   

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 18:28, 9 January 2010 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Leon Peter Barnett (born 30 November 1985 in Luton) is an English professional footballer who plays for Coventry City on loan from West Bromwich Albion. Although primarily a central defender, he has also played at left back, right back, central midfield and up front.

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Career

In Barnett's first game, at the age of 13, he played on the right-wing for local side Bushmead Wanderers. He later played as a striker and central midfielder for the team, before moving to his now-established position of centre back.[1]

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Luton Town

Barnett started his football career at Luton Town's Youth Academy. After signing a professional contract he couldn't force himself in the senior squad, so went on loan to non-league team Aylesbury United, after which he returned to a place in the Luton first team.

Although he took time to adapt to the Championship at times during the 2005-06, his performances improved during the 2006-07 season, including scoring his first career goal at home to Leicester City on the opening day of the season. He won Luton's official Player-of-the-Year Award for 2006–07.[2]

West Bromwich Albion

Barnett completed a move to Championship team West Bromwich Albion in July 2007 for an initial fee of £2.5m fee, with a further £250,000 depending on appearances.[3 ] West Brom should also be due to pay Luton a further £250,000 because they gained promotion to the Premier League after the 2007–08 season.[3 ] He signed a four-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2011.[4] Barnett made his Albion debut in a 2–1 defeat away at Burnley on the opening day of the 2007-08 season.[5] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–2 victory away at Scunthorpe United on 22 September 2007.[6] Barnett's performance in Albion's 2–1 away win against Leicester City on 8 December 2007 earned him a place in the Championship Team of the Week.[7]

On 4 November 2009, Barnett joined West Brom's Championship rivals Coventry City on loan until January.[8] He had made just two substitute appearances in the league at The Hawthorns in the 2009–10 season. Barnett made his Sky Blues debut on 6 November 2009 against Derby County.

Trivia

In 2007 Barnett's aunt Beverley appeared in the final of The X Factor.

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