LUFC On This Day - July 4th
A look back at what happened on this day July 4th in the recent 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.
Peter Sweeney who was released by Leeds United earlier this week has completed a move to League Two side Grimsby Town.
The 24 year old enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Mariners at the end of last season helping them avoid relegation from the Football League.
The former Millwall and Stoke midfielder has signed a two year contract keeping him at the club until 2011.
Defender Patrick Kisnorbo has returned for pre-season training with Leeds United.
Kisnorbo is out of contract at Elland Road and is hoping to show enough in pre-season to earn a new deal after missing over a year through injury.
The Australian international suffered an Achilles injury against Millwall in March 2010 that required surgery and forced him to miss the run in to Leeds promotion and also the World Cup in South Africa.
The 30 year old returned for the final game of the season at Queens Park Rangers when he came off the bench late on in the game.
Kisnorbo has spent the break re-habilitating in Australia and boss Simon Grayson is looking forward to seeing what he can do. Speaking on the official website , Grayson said, 'It`s good to see Paddy working with the lads after doing his re-hab. As I`ve said before, he`s had a tough time, but he`s looking to come through pre-season unscathed and get into games with us now.'
The clubs player of the year in his first season at Elland Road has been linked with a move to fellow championship side Crystal Palace over the weekend.
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he has had a number of enquiries about players from other clubs.
Warnock placed Paul Rachubka, Adam Clayton, Ramon Nunez, Andy O`Brien, Paul Connolly and Billy Paynter on the transfer list at the end of last season.
Ross McCormack has also turned down the offer of a new deal and Warnock says whilst there has been interest in his squad, nobody has come up with an acceptable offer to the club for their services. Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, 'There have been quite a few enquiries about a number of players, which I am not surprised about.
They could all do a good job for certain clubs. But we are trying to change one or two things, there are sometimes casualties, and it`s just one of those things that happens.
You want to bring new players in, and you have to bring in new income as well, and we are not relying on the investment but it would be a welcome boost to everyone.
We`ve got to do what`s right for the club really, we can`t worry too much about individuals at the moment, we need to put our own house in order. We`ve had a couple of bids, but not enough to tempt us at the moment.'
Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he could have easily have walked away in the summer after being frustrated in the transfer market but admits he is intrigued as to what he can do at the club.
Warnock looked to revamp his squad quickly after the 2011/12 season ended, admitting the squad needed 'major surgery`.
After releasing seven players and putting a further six on the transfer list, Warnock wanted to add a number of players to his squad before leaving for his summer holiday towards the end of May.
Warnock managed to bring in just defender Jason Pearce from Portsmouth.
He was thwarted in his attempts to bring in his Portsmouth teammate Joel Ward after it was reported that Leeds could not afford to pay the £400,000 transfer fee up front, with Ward eventually joining fellow championship side Crystal Palace.
Warnock returned from holiday and secured the services of Norwich City defender Adam Drury and Derby County midfielder Paul Green, who both completed their moves to Elland Road on July 1st.
The Leeds boss says he is still working very hard to bring in new players and is asking for the fans to be patient. 'I have not been sat on my backside, I have been really busy. While there has not been much news, I think the fans just have to trust me.
I think they know what I am doing behind the scenes and I am working on their behalf as well as the club.
All I have said to the supporters is to wait until the kick-off date to see how we are doing,' Warnock told Yorkshire Radio.
There were reports that Warnock was ready to walk away from the club after being frustrated in the transfer market but the veteran manager says despite it being an easy option for him to walk away he wants to do the best he can for the club as he looks for a record breaking eighth promotion. 'It is a great club. It would have been easy for me to leave the club and take on something a little bit different, but it does intrigue me and I am still here, and I am doing the best I can for everyone,' added Warnock.
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