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LUFC On This Day - July 6th

LUFC On This Day - July 6th

A look back at what happened on this day July 6th in the history of Leeds United.

Leeds have never played a game on this day in their history, so today we look back in the Vital Leeds archives of the last few years to see what was being reported.

Kevin Nicholls has joined Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.

The very much out of favour midfielder was also going to be one of the departures from Elland Road this summer, after telling Dennis Wise that he wished to return to former club Luton.

It appears that Nicholls didn't particularly fancy League One life with his old team and has now joined North End. Preston boss Paul Simpson spoke to the official website about Nicholls: 'He's a leader, he gets his foot in, and he can get goals.'

Leeds united midfielder Neil Kilkenny has insisted he is committed to Leeds after being linked with a move away from Elland Road.

Rumours and speculation suggest that the 23 year old is linked with championship side Doncaster Rovers.

Doncaster failed with a bid for the Australian and United manager Simon Grayson has said he is not for sale.

Kilkenny is looking forward to the start of next season and is confident Leeds will win promotion to the championship and wants to play a key role.

Leeds newest recruit goalkeeper Shane Higgs can`t wait to start battling for the number one shirt at Elland Road.

Higgs who signed on Friday says the decision to join the Whites was a 'no brainer` and hasn`t signed for the club just to warm the bench acting as cover for Casper Ankergren.

The 32 year old has been impressive for Cheltenham during his stay at the Robins and has won the Player of the Year twice in 2006/07 and 2007/08 whilst firstly helping the club win promotion from League Two and then surviving relegation from League One the following season.

Speaking in the Yorkshire Evening Post Higgs said 'I've played a lot of football at League One level and I want to push Casper.'

Higgs played over 200 games during a ten year career at Cheltenham and his form was so good that eventual Championship champions Wolverhampton Wanderers took him on loan for six month`s last season.

With Wayne Hennessey in tremendous form for Wolves Higgs failed to break into the first team during his stay.

Leeds fans will be delighted to see an experienced goalkeeper pushing for a starting place between the sticks in the coming season.

eeds United have been chosen for three more live games on Sky TV.

The trip to West Ham United will now be played on Sunday 21st August with a 1.15pm kick off.

The trip to Brighton & Hove Albion had already been switched to Friday September 23rd on Police advice and will now be shown live on that date with a 7.45pm kick off.

The game at the Keepmoat against Doncaster Rovers originally scheduled for Saturday 15th October will now be played on Friday 14th October with a 8pm kick off.

Leeds will now be shown live six times in the opening two months of the season with championship games at Southampton and Burnley chosen as well as the home Carling cup tie with Bradford City.

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates says the club are serious about mounting a promotion push next season despite their lack of activity in the transfer market so far this summer.

Fans have started to get more and more restless as a lack of players coming into the club as had them questioning the clubs ambitions.

Bates insists that the club are in serious discussions with a number of players, having already missed out on a few who decided to join clubs in the Premier League.

Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Bates said, 'I can confirm we are in serious discussions with a number of players. We are looking to sign four players.

'There are three that we failed to get because they signed for Premier League clubs, but that shows the quality we are trying to get it, and you can't blame the players.'

Bates is also adamant that the club will not be selling their star players unless the clubs interested come in with a ridiculous offer.

Clubs continue to be linked with players like Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass but Bates wants these players to help get the club back into the top flight of English football. 'I can assure fans that we have no intentions of selling our top players unless the offer is so ridiculous that it will enable Simon to strengthen his team in other ways.
'Our aim this year is to get in the Premier League and not be a breeding ground for others,' he continued.

Leeds United midfielder Adam Clayton has joined championship newcomers Huddersfield Town.

Clayton has joined up with his former Leeds boss Simon Grayson at the Galpharm Stadium on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Leeds boss Neil Warnock had placed the 23 year old on the transfer list at the end of last season after Clayton had turned down the offer of a new deal.

The midfielder made 50 appearances for Leeds scoring 6 goals after signing from Manchester City in the summer of 2010.

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