He was a youngster who started his career at Leeds United, joining the Whites at the tender age of seven from Brighouse Juniors.

He spent nine years in the Leeds United youth system before leaving for the bright lights of Spain.

Initially the youngster spent two months on trial with world football giants Barcelona in 2011, before inking a deal with Atletico Madrid. 23 appearances for their C team, with one goal, was all the salsa action Kebbie saw before a loan spell to Scottish side Rangers.

After being struck down by the Epstein-Barr virus, Kebbie returned to England and to his hometown of Hipperholme, near Halifax. Speaking to the Daily Mail’s Sportsmail section in 2015, Kebbie hinted that he didn’t want to leave Leeds United saying “I loved it at Leeds and was influenced massively to leave by my agent.”

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That reticence to leave seems to be a repeating theme with Kebbie digging his heels in at current club Billericay Town. According to the Basildon, Canvey, Southend Echo the former Leeds United and Atletico Madrid youngster is refusing to leave the big-spending non-league side despite being told he has no future at the club.

Town’s owner/boss Glenn Tamplin says of the situation: “Elliot Kebbie doesn’t fit into this team. He is a lovely lad but just doesn’t fit into the team.” With the rapid defender not in the current plans, and having not played since September 19, the writing more than appears on the wall for the Yorkshire-based player who commutes from his home town in West Yorkshire.

However, it is writing that Kebbie is refusing to acknowledge with the former Elland Road youth player having turned down Tamplin’s severance offer, with the Essex-based side’s gaffer saying: “I offered Elliot a pay-off and he hasn’t accepted it. I am still paying him so he has chosen to accept money, rather than play football.”

He may have gone from Leeds United to Atletico Madrid via Barcelona, before heading afterwards to Barnsley and Norwegian side Sandefjord, but it appears that Elliot Kebbie is stubbornly going nowhere at Billericay Town.

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