Squad Rebuilding Restarts

21 Jun 2012 06:54 am, by YorkshireSquare

Neil Warnock snapped up his third signing of the summer yesterday with the arrival of midfielder Paul Green from Derby. He joins left back Adam Drury who put pen to paper on Tuesday and Jason Pearce who signed early on in the off season.

Pontefract born Green started his playing career at Doncaster Rovers, his last appearance for them in the play-off winning Doncaster side who beat Leeds United at Wembley in 2008. Green saw multiple promotions at Doncaster winning the Conference play-off in 2003, League Two in 2004 and the infamous League One play-off in 2008. He made 277 appearances for Doncaster scoring 33 goals before transferring to Derby County. He made a total of 125 appearances for Derby in four years scoring 10 goals but turned down a new contract last season amidst speculation offers had been made by other clubs including Leeds. Green is a Republic of Ireland international, he has represented his country 12 times and scored once. He has signed with Leeds United for 2 years on a free transfer and will officially join the squad on the 1st July. On signing Paul said “When the fans sing Marching on Together it makes the hairs on your neck stand up. It’ll be great to be part of that”.

Left back Adam Drury will also officially join up with the squad on the 1st July after signing a 2 year deal on Tuesday. Drury signs on a free transfer from Norwich where he played for 11 years making a total of 326 appearances. At 33 he is a seasoned professional who has three promotions under his belt and will add a wealth of experience to Leeds’ fragile defence. Drury had his testimonial match at Norwich last year against Celtic, he leaves the club seeking a new challenge and with plenty of positive comments from Norwich fans. He was previously club captain under former manager Nigel Worthington and was their players player of the year in 2003. On joining Leeds Drury said “Once Leeds United came up there wasn’t any choice to make. With what could happen here it’s a massive pull and I want to be part of it.”

Neil Warnock has said that he had been looking at both of this weeks signings for a long time and they themselves have eluded to the fact that initial interest was shown towards the end of last season. Many Leeds United fans will be holding out for news on the potential investment or takeover and wanting more high profile signings, but there is a job to be done in building a squad for next season and Warnock is now getting on with that job. The manager has brought in two experienced players on free transfers on relatively short 2 year deals. The brevity of these contracts and the fact that no fees have been paid may be an indication that this is part of a short term plan and further investment may come after any boardroom deals have been concuded. If investment comes it will allow us to plan and invest for the future but for now all that matters is that we have a squad with a decent shot at promotion next season.