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Leeds capture Lonergan

Leeds United have signed goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from Preston North End for an undisclosed fee.

The former England under-21 international has signed a three year deal at Elland Road, and will play for the first time on Wednesday night for the reserves.

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The 27-year-old had attracted the attention of Everton this summer, and has made over 250 career appearances. Leeds boss Simon Grayson was quick to reveal that Lonergan had been his first choice all summer.

"Contrary to the speculation we weren't chasing a lot of goalkeepers, Andy was always my number one choice, and I'm delighted we could bring him here."

The sale of Schmeichel was a shock to many, but Lonergan provides experience at Championship level. Although many will be quick to point out the number of goals he conceded last season, Lonergan is rated as one of the best stoppers outside the Premiership. Leeds now have two keepers who will be battling to start on the opening day against Southampton, allowing Simon Grayson to focus on other areas that Leeds need to improve on.

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