Date:Sunday August 5 2012
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he will be speaking with trialists Martin Cranie over this weekend about the possibility of a move to Elland Road.
Cranie has been training with Leeds since the start of pre-season and he had played in every pre-season friendly game until the one with Preston North End on Saturday, with Cranie not wanting to risk being injured in the game, something that could scupper any chance of a move to Elland Road.
Warnock understands the players situation and he now plans to sit down and talk with the 25 year old who was out of contract with Coventry City at the end of last season.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, "In fairness he couldn`t afford to get injured. He has played the last couple of weeks and I will be speaking with him over the weekend. I understand his reasons, so we will just have to wait and see."
Cranie spent three seasons with Coventry making over 100 appearances and his versatility across the back four could make him a useful acquisition to a Leeds squad that added its tenth signing of the summer on Saturday with the signing of right back Lee Peltier from Leicester City.
Warnock had initially planned to talk to Cranie following the clubs three game tour of Devon and Cornwall last week but this was put on hold until he completed the Peltier deal. Warnock now feels with that deal going through he can sit down and talk with Cranie. "I probably had a bit more priority and right back was a priority. Now that is done, another right sided player is important," added Warnock.
If Cranie signs he will become the latest player to join Leeds to have played previously at Portsmouth. Cranie spent two years at Fratton Park, making just 5 appearances and he would join Jason Pearce, Michael Brown, Luke Varney, David Norris and Jamie Ashdown at the club who have all previously played for the south coast club.
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