Former Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has finally got back playing football again after a successful debut with the Newcastle Jets yesterday.
Ledley spent just under four years at Parkhead as he became a three-time Scottish Premier League winner. He also managed two Scottish Cup medals, and despite leaving before the club won the third of his league titles, he had played in enough games to obtain a medal.
Those days at Parkhead have continued to be the peak of Ledley’s career. He’s since had stints at Crystal Palace, Derby County, and Charlton Athletic before making his latest move to the A-League.
And last night the Welshman finally made his debut for the club. Ledley played the final 21 minutes of their 3-0 victory at Adelaide United. It was a result that pushed them eight points clear of bottom club Central Coast Mariners.
Ledley has also teamed up with former Celtic and Rangers striker Kenny Miller, who’s the club’s technical director. Both men were rivals during their days in Glasgow.
All that matters is getting back playing
But for the former Celtic man, all that matters is that he’s back out on the pitch once again. He certainly deserves some luck after the horrific time of it he’s had over the last year in particular.
— Joe Ledley (@joe16led) March 16, 2020
Ledley’s final season with Derby saw him only make four appearances for the club. All four came before September 2018 too. Since then, the midfielder has only managed to play one game for Charlton in a 45-minute appearance at Middlesbrough (Transfermarkt).
That means he’s only played once in the last 19 months or so. He won’t care where it is he’s playing these days, just getting back out onto a pitch will be all that matters.
Unfortunately for Ledley however, his match at Adelaide yesterday will be the last time he plays in front of a crowd this season. That’s because the A-League earlier today stated that the final few weeks of the season will see matches played behind closed doors.
Of course, that beats rotting on the bench of a Championship side or worse without even getting a flicker of a chance to impress.
Hopefully Joe can make a success of it in Oz. But between now and the end of the season, it’s all about getting as high up the table as possible for the Jets.