1) McCormack speaks for the first time since leaving Leeds
Ross McCormack says that he left Leeds United because it is no longer the club that he fell in love with.
McCormack completed an £11 million transfer to Leeds’ Championship rivals Fulham yesterday and it has left a sour taste in many Leeds United supporters’ mouths, as they expected his next move to be to a Premier League club.
As a result the former Cardiff man has come under some criticism from sections of the Leeds support and, indeed, from owner Massimo Cellino, and McCormack regrets the way that it ended.
Details of McCormack’s first public words since leaving Leeds can be seen below.
Ross McCormack has told me that "#lufc will always have a special place in his heart" but didn't want to leave in this manner.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) July 8, 2014
#lufc McCormack feels he has been "hung out to dry" & I believe he won't be packing any punches when he tells his story.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) July 8, 2014
#lufc McCormack also tells me he has left because "it's no longer the Leeds United I fell in love with."— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) July 8, 2014
2) Leeds hand seven youngsters new deals
Leeds United have offered professional contracts to seven members of their youth-team side.
The players to receive new deals at the club were:Dan Atkinson, Luke Booker, Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Jake Skelton, Kalvin Phillips and Alex Purver.
Skelton, who is considered one of the finest prospects in the academy, and is currently training with the first-team squad out in Italy said: “It’s an honour. I’ve worked hard since I was in the Under-10s to achieve the goal of being a professional footballer.”
3) Chris Kirkland turned down other sides to stay at Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday stopper Chris Kirkland has revealed that he turned down offers from other sides to stay at Hillsborough for the upcoming season.
Kirkland signed a one year contract extension earlier this week and says that he is delighted to have his future resolved.
“I had other offers,” the 33-year-old, who played 36 times for the club last season, said. “I could have signed for another team but I wanted to stay at Sheffield Wednesday.
“I’m delighted to have got it sorted out. It’s been dragging on, through nobody’s fault, over the summer.
“It was always my intention to sign and I told the gaffer that at the end of the season.
4) Huddersfield Town supporters want Michael Keane
Huddersfield Town fans have voted for Michael Keane as the player they would most like to see at the John Smith’s Stadium next season, according to a poll in the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
The Terriers have been linked with a host of players, including the likes of Keith Andrews and Stephen Dobbie so far this summer, but Keane is the player that the fan-base would be happiest to see.
Their vote may have been casted more in hope than expectation, however, as Huddersfield have previously stated that it is unlikely the Manchester United defender would join the club.
5) Price agreed for Chris O’Grady
Sheffield United and Barnsley have informally agreed a price for Chris O’Grady, the Sheffield Star has revealed.
It is known that O’Grady is on Nigel Clough’s wishlist for this summer and it is thought that he and Danny Wilson have both agreed a price that would be acceptable for the striker.
No concrete bid has been made yet, however, and O’Grady’s demands in terms of his contract could be decisive – as the powerful front-man has already turned down a move to Charlton over the course of this transfer window.