Leeds United have today announced that goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has left the club by mutual consent.
???? | Leeds United can announce Andy Lonergan has today left the club by mutual consent
— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 5, 2018
The 34-year old only joined the Whites last summer and was seen as back-up to number one Felix Wiedwald who joined around the same time.
However, the German’s poor form gave Lonergan an opportunity in the first-team but he didn’t take it, losing his place due to poor form as well.
A January move to Sunderland fell through but the Yorkshire club revealed today that both parties have come to an agreement for the stopper to move on following his second spell with Leeds. He still had a year left on his contract.
Speaking to the official site, Lonergan praised all connected with the club.
“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.”
With Wiedwald having already departed as well this summer, it leaves Bailey Peacock-Farrell as the only senior keeper, suggesting a new signing is imminent.
This makes sense for all parties, as Lonergan was probably going to be third choice next season and he will want to be playing.
His second spell at Leeds didn’t go well but he will have been a good influence to the younger keepers, such as Peacock-Farrell.
This news means a new keeper must be close and fans will be excited to see who that will be.
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