Leeds have today signed trialist striker Andy Gray and Jamie Ashdown. Warnock talked of the need for game changers as well as squad players a few days ago, and Gray and Ashdown will add some bulk to a squad that looks set to lose a string of transfer listed players including Billy Paynter and Andy O’Brien.

Gray (pictured), nephew of Leeds legend Eddie Gray, began his career at Leeds, making 22 league appearances between 1995 and 1998, before signing for Nottingham Forest. The determined 34 year old scored 21 goals in 95 appearances for Barnsley most recently, from 2009-12, and came to Thorp Arch to regain fitness before a mooted move to Bradford. Gray impressed the management at Leeds, with Mick Jones revealing he felt the 34 year old was the 3rd fittest player at the club at this point in pre-season and was here to “prove a point”. Neil Warnock is well known for liking a lot of strikers in his squads, and with the gaffer revealing he wanted 8 more players last weekend, Gray is unlikely to be the last striker signed, especially if Ross McCormack was sold, but his determination to prove himself to Leeds will make him a nice bonus for Warnock’s new squad.

Jamie Ashdown’s youth career began at Reading where he made 13 appearances between 1998-2004. The bulk of the keeper’s career was spent at Portsmouth where he made 109 appearances since 2004, playing the full season for Pompey in their first season in the Championship, and 21 games last season as he became the only keeper at the club in the second half of the year. Ashdown will add cover for Paddy Kenny, with the extended 7-man subs bench this season allowing Neil Warnock to finally name a keeper on his bench regularly.

Ashdown has come from a recent trial at Middlesbrough, with Tony Mowbray looking for a value-for-money covering keeper for the next campaign. Ashdown told Boro media:

In football, players and managers move on – it’s part of the career; I’m still hungry, though. I had eight years at Pompey and to have another couple would have been fantastic.

But it’s a make or break stage of my career. I just have to move on and get on with things.

Meanwhile Leeds have agreed a fee for Rodolph Austin with SK Brann, with the Jamaican midfielder being interviewed in the Brann dressing room on the end of an era at the club. Austin will take a medical at the club some time this week, though the date of finalization could depend on other deals.

  • Gordo Strach

    A couple of signings that won’t get the fans or Snoddy excited!! Although, could be the official in of Rachubka!! As Mick Jones hinted at exciting 10 days, lets hope he wasn’t referrig to theses guys!!

  • Matthew

    So what happens with Paul Rachubka with Ashdowns signing? Anyone know? Always thought Warnock would try and loan him out personally as no one will buy Rachubka lol.

    Anyway, Norwich fans don’t half speak some bullshit, theres that thing floating around about Snoddy joining them being a done deal lol.
    (He wouldn’t be at the Tavistock game if he was going to Norwich anytime soon).

    • Matthew

      Dewsey just tweeted that Varney is a done deal.

  • Ron

    Gray is a signing made by a club still running a low-cost structure. Would Leicester for example sign him? No way. Is he going to offer more than Paytner? Debatable. We may have new backers coming, but we are still a club using free transfers and signing players on their way out.

    • Topvalleywhite

      No Leicester proberly wouldn’t , but where did throwing money get them

      • Ron

        It gets their fans interested for one and shows they are trying. Warnock needs to find a few players now who can dominate this division. Squad players are in. If we do have the backers in place, it’s time this club stamped its authority on the division for a full season.

        • TimPM

          I don’t think Leicester style spending is good for a club tbh. Man City could do it to such an extent they didn’t really mind losing several players at big knock-down prices in the Prem, but Leicester and Boro both tried overspending last few seasons and realistically once you’ve missed the Prem by spending big your owners not going to want to take on the losses made by the club. Boro will probably cost-cut for another year or two before developing for another push, Leicester would’ve done better spending their £20m or whatever over 2-3 seasons to develop a team instead of signing good players at overinflated prices then being surprised 11 inviduals doesn’t make a winning team.

          Newcastle’s the way forward for me. £3-4m for lads like Cabaye, Cisse, etc. They didn’t overspend like Liverpool on Carroll so if a signing didn’t work they could recoup some money. But they spent enough to get talent instead of lads with flaws which makes them free agents or unwanted.

    • Matthew

      Gray was signed not because the club lacks money, no he was signed because hes a decent enough player.

      Theres nothing wrong with older players, jesus, look at Ryan Giggs, a decent player even at 38 lol.

      You only have to see how well hes done at Scum, and how well he played against us in their last Cup game against us.

  • WillyB

    I bet McCormack to leave next (sold to minor PL team 2-3M), then Rachuba (released) and Paynter (free to L1).

  • DamoS

    Varney and Austin can be added to the squad – just reported on LUFC site – MOT