We announced earlier that Shane Higgs and Richard Naylor would be leaving the club at the end of their contracts and we revealed last week that Paddy Kisnorbo would be offered a new short term deal to prove his fitness. The deal isn’t yet finalised but the both parties are working towards a conclusion.

A similar thing is true for Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny. The midfield pair’s future has been in doubt following difficulties in agreeing new deals. The club are looking to discuss options with both players and sort things out as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile some new blood is coming through from the academy. Zac Thompson recently signed a professional contract and he has now been joined by twins Nathan and Lewis Turner, a central midfielder and a defender respectively and goalkeeper, Alex Cairns. The players have featured in the under 18s and reserves this season and we look forward to hopefully seeing them pull on the white shirt for the first team. Not so fortunate are James Booker, James Baxendale and Jonny Birbeck who have not been offered deals.

Also exiting the club are this season’s loan men. They’ve been a mixed bag and, now they’ve left for a summer break before re-joining their respective parent clubs, it’s probably a good time to assess their performances for Leeds United.

Sanchez Watt

Unfortunate to be kept out of the side by injury and the form of Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel, he showed a lot of promise. He was somewhat of a flair player, exciting to watch and lightning quick, only let down by some weak finishing. He has made 26 appearances this season, scoring one goal. It’s a shame to see him leave as he seems to have thrown himself enthusiastically into life at Leeds United. If he was ever to leave Arsenal, I’d gladly have him back at Elland Road. B

Eric Lichaj

The American full back arrived from Villa for the last stage of the season and was extremely impressive on the right and the left. Despite an own goal against Sheffield United, he often looked the most assured in a shaky defence. He had bags of stamina and a long throw enabling him to get up and down the flank to help out the attack. I’d happily see him in the white shirt again. A

Jake Livermore

Had just a few appearances in which he failed to do anything noteworthy apart from gift a goal or two and escape getting sent off. Within a couple of weeks fans were questioning his inclusion in the squad let alone the starting line-up. It’s good to see the back of him. D

George McCartney

Seemingly completely uninterested in playing for Leeds United from the beginning of his time at Elland Road, he quickly became the target for many fans’ frustration. He had far many more dismal performances than memorable ones and how he ever demanded the transfer fee or wages that have been reported is a mystery. Good riddance, I hope we never have to see him again. D

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What do you think of this season’s loanees and the future of Neil Kilkenny and Bradley Johnson?

  • number1inyorkshire

    to be fair hope killa and bradders both stay ,think killa will bradders will be gone ,higgs and naylor will not be missed ,neither will any other of the loans except lichaj ,sign him i am sure he would come for regular football and was excellent A+ .
    i think we might loose some more to transfer (poaching )i also feel Andy O’Brien will be captain next season ????.
    we need to sign players this season not loans surely with the players out and 1 or 2 sold we can afford some .

  • Tyler75

    Lichaj got better and better and it would be great to see him back in a Leeds shirt. I also really like Sanchez, skillfull, strong and works hard – had he had a bit more composure in front of goal, we might even had made the play-offs ! I would keep Killa if we can, he’s the best passer of the ball at the club and when he’s on his game, he makes us tick. Je’s looked a lot happier in a 4-4-2 with McCormack up front making runs off defenders. I’d let Bradley go, he puts in a shift and has definitely been one of our better players in the back half of the season but he’s not the solid holding midfielder that we sorely need. I’d love to see him at left-back permanently as I think he could do a real job for us there, but I can’t see him wanting to do that.
    Is it too early to be ridiculously optimistic about next season ?

  • Paddy1992

    Agree on everything you said about loans. But on responses o’brien captain? God no get his old arse outta there before he becomes another naylor. I honestly think get rid of him, Parker, bromby, bessone, paynter unfortunately I think snoddy will go too. Then bring back kisnorbo give White Nunez and lees a chance add premiership class centre half and centre midfielder with decent championship standard full backs and we’ll be fine for next season. And I also think that McCormack will be the perfect foil for becchio next season.

  • Camaac

    I’d try to keep Bradders if possible but he needs too accept reasonable wages. I’d like Killa to stay too. I’m not convinced yet by McCormack. His first touch isn’t great but he probably needs a preseason and a run. I know some poor defensive showing cost us in the end but I also feel Becchio’s absence towards the end cost us big time.

  • saltburnwhite

    out of contract players who realistically could be signed by leeds
    allot of them could be resigned by parent clubs though!

    goalkeepers:
    friedel villa
    maik taylor fulham
    matt gilks blackpool
    thom sorenson stoke
    cudicini spurs
    marcus hahnemann wolves
    matt duke hull
    radek cerny qpr
    joe murphy scunthorpe
    kieran westwood coventry

    defenders:

    stephen carr bham
    stuart parnaby bham
    stephen crainey blkp
    jlloyd samuel bolt
    ricardo gardener bolt
    rory delap stoke
    jonny woodgate spurs
    danny gabbidon wham
    jon spector wham
    stephen caldwell wig
    david jones wolves
    louis carey bristol c
    sam hird donc
    julio arca mboro
    andrew taylor mboro
    andy frampton millwal
    billy jones preston
    peter ramage qpr

    midfielders:

    isaiah osbourne villa
    nigel reo coker villa
    lee bowyer bham
    james mcfadden bham
    keith southern bkpool
    david vaughan bkpool
    tamir cohen blton
    joey obrien blton
    seamus coleman evert
    zoltan gera fulham
    danny murphy fulham
    kazenga lualua newc
    giles barnes wbrom
    zavon hines wham
    victor obinna wham
    wade elliot burnley
    chris burke cardiff
    gavin rae cardiff
    neil danns palace
    willo flood mboro
    guy moussi forest
    michael brown pmouth
    richard hughes pmouth
    darren carter preston
    hal robson kanu reading
    darren pratley swans
    angel rangel swans

    strikers:

    jon carew villa
    kevin phillips bham
    gary taylor feltcher bkpool
    victor anichebe evert
    eddie johnson fulh
    diomansy kamara fulh
    michael owen scum
    ricardo fuller stoke
    simon cox wbrom
    jay bothroyd cardiff
    marlon king cov
    dele adebola forest
    rob earnshaw forest
    nathan tyson forest
    dave nugent pmouth
    danny webber pmouth

    who would you guys like???????

    • Dje

      goalkeepers:
      friedel villa
      [S]maik taylor fulham
      matt gilks blackpool
      thom sorenson stoke
      cudicini spurs
      marcus hahnemann wolves
      matt duke hull
      radek cerny qpr
      joe murphy scunthorpe
      [/S]kieran westwood coventry[S]

      defenders:

      stephen carr bham
      stuart parnaby bham
      stephen crainey blkp
      jlloyd samuel bolt
      ricardo gardener bolt
      [/S]rory delap stoke (solely for his long throw service for Becchio)[s]
      jonny woodgate spurs
      danny gabbidon wham
      jon spector wham
      stephen caldwell wig
      david jones wolves
      louis carey bristol c
      sam hird donc
      julio arca mboro
      andrew taylor mboro
      andy frampton millwal
      billy jones preston
      peter ramage qpr[/s]

      midfielders:

      [s]isaiah osbourne villa
      nigel reo coker villa
      lee bowyer bham
      james mcfadden bham[/s]
      keith southern bkpool
      [s]david vaughan bkpool
      tamir cohen blton
      joey obrien blton
      seamus coleman evert
      [/s]zoltan gera fulham
      danny murphy fulham[s]
      kazenga lualua newc
      giles barnes wbrom
      zavon hines wham
      victor obinna wham
      wade elliot burnley
      chris burke cardiff
      gavin rae cardiff
      [/s]neil danns palace[s]
      willo flood mboro
      guy moussi forest
      michael brown pmouth
      richard hughes pmouth
      darren carter preston
      hal robson kanu reading
      [/s]darren pratley swans
      angel rangel swans

      strikers:

      [s]jon carew villa[/s]
      kevin phillips bham[s]
      gary taylor feltcher bkpool
      victor anichebe evert
      eddie johnson fulh
      [/s]diomansy kamara fulh
      michael owen scum[s]
      ricardo fuller stoke
      [/s]simon cox wbrom
      jay bothroyd cardiff[s]
      marlon king cov
      dele adebola forest
      rob earnshaw forest
      nathan tyson forest
      [/s]dave nugent pmouth[s]
      danny webber pmouth[/s]

      • Dje

        Lol. And there was me trying to be a smart tw*t.

        goalkeepers:
        friedel villa
        kieran westwood coventry

        defenders:

        rory delap stoke (solely for his long throw service for Becchio)

        midfielders:

        keith southern bkpool
        zoltan gera fulham
        danny murphy fulham
        neil danns palace
        darren pratley swans
        angel rangel swans

        strikers:

        kevin phillips bham
        diomansy kamara fulh
        michael owen scum
        simon cox wbrom
        jay bothroyd cardiff
        dave nugent pmouth

  • trueyorxman

    Eric Lichaj, Jimmy Bullard, for his commitment & attitude (Vinny-esque) & Bolo Zenden, still only 34 & who could turn out to be our Gordon Strachan for the new millenia. We desperately need players who don’t give the ball away cheaply, we were doing that again on Sat at QPR.

  • MrBigStuff

    pratley of swansea would be a good addition, id also like to see us buy St Leger from Preston…

  • jon lufc

    Did u seriously suggest lee bowyer “could realisticly b at leeds” no chance! No1 wants that c@n” back!

  • IrishLeeds

    I’d have Bowyer back in a second, his work rate and desire is second to none, as we well know (how quickly we forget what he helped us to achieve). He’s not the nicest lad but, who cares, we need a bit of nastiness in that midfield, and I’d much prefer Bowyer to Keith Southern who has been heavily linked with us this week….

  • event

    players we could sign?

    nigel reo coker, james mcfadden, seamus coleman, zoltan gera, danny murphy, michael owen!

    there isnt a chance any of these will sign for us

  • saltburnwhite

    @ event why wont they sign for us? They couldnt clean our boots when we were in the premiership , but now they wouldnt play for us ? i agree about michael owen , but the rest i think would jump at the chance . zoltan gera played for west brom in the champ , mcfadden would prob like to link up with snoddy & mccormack and also our great history of scottish players would appeal , nigel reo-coker , well hes just treading water at villa cant get a game and he would be the def mid we have been looking for , seamus coleman is young but not so overrated he wouldnt come and danny murphy might just fancy the job of bringing a great club back! i dont think many teams in premier will give him more than a 1 year contract we could offer possibly 3 years , hes still a great player!

  • saltburnwhite

    There are also lots of other players i havnt listed beacause i didnt think we could attract them , but the ones ive included are all out of contract and could feasably sign for us …..and yes even michael owen …….are there many teams in the prem apart from qpr ect who are going to want to sign him now??? leeds is as close to home hes going to get now surely? thants why i included him

  • number1inyorkshire

    its obviously all about money again ,reading some stories on YEP ETC ETC .”we won’t break the bank ” ,”we are not the biggest payers”,”its about commitment not money” .
    just 1or 2 quotes from grayson i agree we don’t want to go banko ,fair enough ,but i am afraid quality costs a few quid its the same in all walks of life .

    grayson has already said its gonna be hard but we can get some quality frees ,GROUNDHOG DAY .
    its all about …… won’t do it all again !!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt BB

    I’m often surprised when we’ve found ourselves semingly with no players to draw upon in the past season, given on paper that we have such a big squad of players.

    I’m hoping Mr Grayson is somewhat more discenrning when making his signings this season. Free is most certainly not always best, so the list of players above fills me with dread to a degree, as I have a sinking feeling that its the same list Gwyn Williams will have put in front of Simon.

    Paynter was a massive disappointment as was Bessone, lloyd Sam hasnt really done very much either. For me all three could go.

    Biggest concern for me is thatwe lose Schmeicel or Gradel, both of these players for me are absolute must keeps.

    Sorry to see Naylor go, I think we missed a tirck by not keeping him on as a coach.

  • saltburnwhite

    @ mattb ….i wholehearledly agree with you about gradel and to a lesser degree scmeichel , the most important signings as far as im concerned this season will be retaining above players plus snoddy and johnson , killa for me can defo go .
    i only put the list up , becuase we all know kens wallet will not stetch to any more than freebies and possibly a token signing for cash just to appease the fans. i thought it would be interesting as in all likelyhood all our new signings will be picked from the above list.

  • event

    @saltburn

    money is a big thing. I think the most we offered beckford was £16k, that may be our limit. NRC is on a bosman, will have a pick of clubs in the PL. He plays a bit at villa now houllier is there.

    Coleman is one of the most exciting players in the PL, he was nominated for young player of the year FFS. He wont drop to the championship.

    gera, maybe.

    Murphy is captain of a club, settled in London now. Wont leave there IMO

  • KaiserChief82

    Spot on TSS with loan player grades imo. It’d be nice to try settle the defence a little by buying Lichaj permanent or at least on a season long loan, he was PL quality!

    LEES did a great job on loan at Bury, I honestly think he’s worth the try at Championship level, if we were to go up to the PL his chances of jumping up two levels are slim, but a year in the Championship could just do him and us wonders. If it’s not working out by Jan then loan him out for the 2nd half.

    Parker at left back if he can stay injury free. Aidy White? I don’t think he’s good enough in defence, his time at Oldham proved that as his performances were a bit hit and miss. The best thing for us is to sign a permanent left back of good quality, the risk of Parker staying injury free is too high. McCartney can “do one”. Not worth his wage, not a chance!

    I am so un-decided about both Kilkenny and Johnson. Both have done well this season but I’m not convinced either are good enough to warrant bigger salaries. We have attack minded players like Gradel, Snodgrass, Sam and Howson, so Killa and BJ would need to be top notch at the defensive side of their game as they aren’t better attackers than the others I’ve mentioned. I don’t think BJ is quite top Chapionship quality in the defensive dept, Killa is an excellent passer of the ball and does make the midfield tick, but is it enough or better then someone else SG can bring in? I’m not sure.

    Paynter can go for me, a real let down! I know he has a fan club but I’m not a member. I think McCormack deserves another season, he adds something different to the attack that Paynter doesn’t.

    I just hope that we keep hold of Gradel, Snodgrass, Becchio. Schmeichel I’m actually not that bothered about, I think we could get better. But I won’t be disappointed if he stays.

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  • Ed Tierney

    Brad Friedel, Carlo Cudicini??? are you sure? they’re like 50 years old!

    and i reli can’t believe that marlon king has been said. I’d rather not have my football club laughed at for signing a rapist!

  • Irving08

    I hope Bradley Johnson stays: he has been one of our better performers this season and with a bit of coaching on what to do where, he will be even better next. As for additions, I’d be tempted to try to prize Morrison away from Milwall and, possibly, Abdou, as well.

  • Matt BB

    its not so much johnson and kilkenny going (neither of whom grayson signed) its who he migt be replacing them with. Have read the transcript for Ken Bates’ interview with YR this morning, andto me he seems pretty adamant that the offers to Johnson and Kilkenny are the last ones he will make. So I think we can kiss both of them goodbye as they will get more cash elsewhere.

    But back to my point. I cant think of a single half decent central midfielder that Grayson has signed. I’d go as far as to say that Mickey Doyle is probably approaching the best, but any of the others (mainly loans albeit) just dont seem to have cut muster.

    We have laboured in what would have seemed a straightforward loan acquisition of Michael Johnson from Man City, Failed to persuade John esutace to leave Watford and Monty to leave Sheffield United, I just wonder what on earth is wrong with our transfer policy sometimes. The only signings in Central midfield? Clayton, Nunez.. all the others loans.

    I’d even stretch it as far as saying that defensive signings have generally been better! Please prove me incorrect Mr Grayson!

    • Irving08

      I think Bates leaves room for compromise on Johnson because, (a) he says that Simon ‘would like him to stay’ and, (b) he refers to Johnson’s agent’s demands, but not to Leeds’ offer. I read him as saying therefore that we can negotiate a bit if Bradley wants to. No verbal concessions are made to Killa.

  • Irving08

    Latest news on Bradley J.suggests my hunch could be right – the boy has just stated that he expects to sign a new contract. Great news – we need his physical strength, drive and piledrivers (!). But we still need a coach to bring the best out of him. Anyone want to take Snodin off our hands, I wonder ?