Leeds United have announced today that goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has left the club.
Lonergan and Leeds have agreed to cancel his contract, meaning that Lonergan is free to find employment elsewhere.
| Leeds United can announce Andy Lonergan has today left the club by mutual consent— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 5, 2018
Per the club’s official website:
Lonergan departs having made a total of nine appearances for the Whites in all competitions last season.
Speaking about his time at the club, Lonergan said: “I really enjoyed being back at Leeds United again and I’d like to thank all of the staff and players I’ve worked with every day.
“The biggest thank you must go to the supporters though and I wish the club the best of luck for next season.”
We wish Andy good luck for the future
Andy Lonergan had a deal to go to Sunderland go sour at the eleventh hour during the January transfer window last season and with the emergence of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, the writing was on the wall about Lonergan’s place in the team. Lonergan started a few matches while Wiedwald was benched, but Lonergan also lost his place after a very, very disappointing performance in a match against Brentford last November.
This is the second goalkeeper to leave Leeds this year, with Felix Wiedwald’s expected departure already confirmed. The German goalkeeper, who was brought to the club last summer from Werder Bremen, left for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga back in June.
Leeds have had several links to high-profile goalkeepers during the summer transfer window, with David Stockdale all but openly campaigning for a move from Birmingham City to Leeds and Chelsea’s Jamal Blackman being pictured at the club. Blackman would be an interesting move, as he spent most of last season on loan at Sheffield United and impressed during his time at Bramall Lane.
Leeds were reportedly also interested in Manchester City’s Angus Gunn, who is just on the outside of the England team. He spent last season on-loan in the Championship as well, with Norwich City, and was arguably the best keeper in the division. He was impressive enough that Norwich fans generally believe that Gunn would be in for a move to a Premier League team, and if the recent links to Southampton are to be believed, that’s exactly where he’s headed.
So is this a wise decision by Leeds? Or does this just mean that a deal to land another keeper is just about done? Let us know what you think in the comments.