Yorkshire property market boosted as Leeds United reaches Premier league  

Two Yorkshire estate agents, who were among the first names on the team sheet when Leeds United last hit the Premiership heights, 16 years ago, have welcomed the club’s recent promotion.

Will Linley from Linley & Simpson and Jonathan Morgan from Morgans City Living – now part of the same group after Linley & Simpson acquired Morgans last year – both played a key role in helping players from across the UK and abroad put down roots in Yorkshire in the club’s Premiership heydays in the 1990s.

Since launching Linley & Simpson 23 years ago, they have consistently had club players as clients including Tony Yeboah, Dominic Matteo, Rocco Junior, Lee Bowyer and Stan Collymore.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Morgan sold properties in Leeds city centre to three previous Leeds United owners.

Whilst most tended to buy properties within a 20-mile radius of its Elland Road ground and Thorpe Arch training grounds, a number also chose the option to rent knowing their career paths would see them playing for clubs all over Europe.

The prized towns of Harrogate and Wetherby were both magnets for players and managers alike, with many choosing to make Yorkshire their permanent home.

England manager Gareth Southgate lives on the edge of Harrogate and Danny Mills resides in the heart of the town.

Previous Leeds managers George Graham and David O’Leary also chose the spa town, whereas current manager, Marcelo Bielsa, lives in Wetherby town centre.

Will Linley, Linley & Simpson co-founder and chief executive, said:

“Even though we have always been in the property premier league, Leeds United’s promotion to the footballing Premier League is fantastic news for the local and regional industry.

“Together with the Chancellor announcing the stamp duty holiday, we now have two reasons to celebrate. It’s akin to winning the double!  And as the club will certainly look to boost its squad, these new players will all be looking to relocate to the area.

“Thanks to the Tour de France and last year’s UCI World Road Race Cycling Championships, Yorkshire has already received a huge amount of worldwide coverage.

However, these are both dwarfed by the sheer popularity of football and in particular English football.

“Playing in the Premier League will see the region thrust back onto TV screens around the world on a weekly basis, giving us publicity and headlines that are hard to quantify.”

Jonathan Morgan added: “City centre apartments will always be favoured by the younger players, whilst the suburbs and towns a short commute away will appeal to those with families.

“And given footballers’ love of high-powered cars, properties with garages and secure car parking will also be in high demand.”

Linley & Simpson has 20 branches located across North and West Yorkshire and The Humber.

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  1. JEL

    In Bielsa we trust


  2. spin2009

    Always a good idea for new signings to to rent in the year following promotion.


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