Coventry City release former Leeds United defender Danny Pugh

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Former Leeds midfielder Danny Pugh has been released for a second time in 12 months.

Coventry City have released former Leeds United midfielder Danny Pugh, report SkySports.

It is the second time the 32-year-old has been cut in the space of 12 months, with him departing Leeds last year after a second spell at Elland Road.

Pugh was a controversial signing back in 2004, moving to Leeds from Manchester United as part of the unpopular deal which saw fan favourite Alan Smith move to Old Trafford, and he faced a difficult task to win over the fans.

He made a total of 113 appearances for Leeds, scoring nine times. He was sold to Preston in 2006 before re-signing in 2012.

Coventry City had an option in his contract to extend his deal for another year but chose not to, after finishing 17th in League One, with another seven players being released.

Pugh had struggled to make an impact with the Sky Blues, making only five League One appearances, and a further two in cup competitions, but did manage to score two goals.

Leeds fans should not expect a third spell for Pugh at the club, given his difficulty even in stepping down a division this season. 

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