When Patrick Kisnorbo arrived at Leeds United last year, few were expecting the kind of impact he’s had on the side. Probably the best addition Simon Grayson has made to the Leeds United squad so far, in that Paddy came in and instantly fixed the defensive problems we’d been having.

Appearing for the first time back in August, I passed comment on his contribution alongside that of other new arrivals Michael Doyle and Jason Crowe.

As for the new signings, Jason Crowe missed an absolute sitter that should have given Leeds a two goal lead and killed the match off, Kisnorbo played well and weighed in with some good tackles and Doyle did ok in midfield without ever really excelling.

That first game would be the start of an undefeated League run which lasted for twelve games. In that time, Leeds kept six clean sheets and conceded just six goals. Our failings in 2008-09 had widely been attributed to our weaknesses in defence, but early on, there was a sense that Patrick Kisnorbo’s arrival would change all that.

Fearless leader of men

Throughout the season, Patrick Kisnorbo was receiving positive attention from all angles. Man of the match more times than I care to count, several showings in the League One Team Of The Week and capped off by his place in the League One Team Of The Year – Kis-mania was in full effect, and to show their new found love for the Aussie, Leeds fans could be spotted at games wearing bandages around their head similar to the one Kis had become famous for.

Despite a season ending injury towards the end of March as Leeds lost to Millwall, Kis has made the trip to every Leeds United game since and been a constant source of inspiration to players and fans alike. His injury was a massive blow to Leeds United, but we eventually recovered to seal automatic promotion with Kisnorbo watching on from the sidelines and eventually coming on to the lead the chants over the PA system at full-time.

An exceptional player, a fearless leader and an integral part of the squad which will do battle in the Championship next season. Paddy played no small part in getting Leeds back into the Championship and will be just as important next season as we continue on our journey back to where we belong. The overwhelming majority lead in the player of the season poll below says it all really. Whilst the 2009-10 season created many new Leeds United heroes, there was one that stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Preferred Quarter Final opponents?

  • Arsenal (1%, 12 Votes)
  • Aston Villa (3%, 26 Votes)
  • Bradford City (53%, 429 Votes)
  • Chelsea (7%, 56 Votes)
  • Liverpool (2%, 17 Votes)
  • Manchester United (6%, 52 Votes)
  • Middlesbrough (1%, 9 Votes)
  • Norwich City (25%, 205 Votes)
  • Swansea City (1%, 8 Votes)
  • Tottenham Hotspur (0%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 817

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  • Paul South Wales

    Well done Paddy. Now we’ve gained the unimaginable (after losing a man and then a goal) it begs the question who is CCC quality out of our squad. Should this be the next debate?

    • Colin

      I think a lot will depend on how much money is available and who we can prise from other clubs – I can imagine us scouring a lot of financially hard up clubs trying to get their better players.

      But I think once the money runs out, we’ll have to stick with what we’ve got.

      Any perhaps worrying for me is that if the aim is just to survive in the CCC then we’ll focus on getting in loan players rather than on long term contracts. That way they won’t be on the pay role for future seasons.

    • timm

      Great idea for next debate Paul. I definately think you should put that one out there TSS

      • TSS

        Agreed, and done.