Calm and collected centre back Cort signed for City on a free transfer in June 2004 to add elegant steel to City’s League One back four. He quickly established himself as a first team fixture and for two seasons cruised across the turf defending effortlessly, then jogging upfield and heading a few corners into the opposition’s net. Cort performed equally well in his second season in the Championship as his first, and began attracting the attention of more elevated clubs. When Peter Taylor left for Crystal Palace in May 2006 he made Cort his first signing for the Eagles, netting the Tigers a £1.25m fee.
Cort was raised alongside his striker brother Carl Cort in bermondsey, South East London. His career began at Dulwich hamlet before he joined Millwall at the age of 19. He failed to make a first team appearance during three years on the Lions’ books. A switch to Southend in 2001 kickstarted his career and he became a regular over three seasons for the Essex side.
Cort’s move to Crystal Palace saw him continue his good form, but when Taylor left the Eagles Cort fell out of favour and moved on to Stoke. Further moves to Burnley and Charlton saw Leon’s professional career draw to a close in 2014. After he stopped playing, Leon began a second career as football academy coach and player scout.
Cort was selected to play international football for Guyana in 2011 and won six caps during a two year period.
Date/Place of Birth: 11 September 1979, Bermondsey
Hull City First Game: 7 August 2004, Bournemouth H (League One), 24 years, 331 days old
Hull City Final Game: 30 April 2006, Watford A (Championship), 26 years, 231 days old
Dulwich Hamlet (1997-1998), Millwall (1998-2001), Forest Green Rovers (2000-2001, loan), Stevenage Borough (2001, loan), Southend United (2001-2004), Hull City (2004-2006), Crystal Palace (2006-2008), Stoke City (2007-2008, loan), Stoke City (2008-2010), Burnley (2010-2012), Preston North End (2010-2011, loan), Charlton Athletic (2011-2012, loan), Charlton Athletic (2012-2014)
Hull City Record
Career: 91 apps, 10 goalsLeon Cort
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