James Baxendale realised a career dream during 2017. He spent the latter part of that year playing in California for Orange County SC, who play in the second tier, known as the USL. Despite it being just a seven month spell in the States, it helped the midfielder finally achieve his goal of playing abroad.
“It has always been an ambition of mine to play football abroad,” says Baxendale. “I love football and how the game is played in other countries fascinates me. I always said to myself that unless I was playing top level football by the age of 25 then I would pursue playing outside of England.
“When I was in the youth team at Leeds United and as a first year pro at Doncaster Rovers I made as many enquiries as I could to go and play in Scandinavia but unfortunately nothing materialised out there.”
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