By Russell Edge

20th Apr, 2017 | 7:51am

Leeds Champions League hero turns his hand to cricket - report

By Russell Edge

Former Leeds United and England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn has put his talents to good use and taken up playing cricket since his retirement, according to a report.

The Telegraph claim Martyn, who was part of the Leeds side who reached the Champions League semi-finals in 2001, has taken up playing cricket for his local side.

The former England international, who won a total of 23 caps for his country, can still be found diving to catch the ball, albeit as a wicketkeeper for Yorkshire based side Leeds Modernians.

Described by David Moyes as his ”greatest ever signing”, Martyn was the first ever £1million goalkeeper in English football and played a key role in the Leeds sides which reached both the UEFA Cup and Champions League semi-finals.

He retired from playing in 2006, aged 39, after suffering an ankle injury, before going on to become a goalkeeping coach at Bradford City, a role he kept for three years before leaving football altogether.

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A big fan of cricket, and often found at Headingley supporting Yorkshire CCC, Martyn has put his agile reflexes to good use behind the wicket for Leeds Modernians, who play their games less than half an hour away from his old stomping ground Elland Road.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are preparing themselves for a big money bid for their star man from Premier League sides.

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