11 Former Leeds United stars available on free transfers this summer - Will any sign?

A former team of Leeds United players are available, are any worth re-signing?

Premier League and Football League clubs have announced their released and retained list, leaving several players on the scrapheap.

The list of players out of work is numerous, and we have compiled a whole team's worth of them who used to play for Leeds United at one stage over the past decade.

A few have been linked with returns to Elland Road, others they would not take back given the chance, and there is one they could only dream of. Here is the full former Leeds freebie XI... 

Paul Robinson

Robinson made his name at Leeds, coming through the academy and going onto become an England number one. He is now 35 and has been released by Blackburn Rovers, but would be a back-up for the club behind Marco Silvestri. There are conflicting reports in The Sun and the Yorkshire Evening Post as to how interested Leeds are in his services.

Verdict: Possible despite denials

Ian Harte

A veteran of Leeds' European run in the early 2000s, Harte is remarkably still going strong. He helped Bournemouth get promoted from the Championship last season but has since been released. At 37-years-old, the free-kick specialist is yet to comment on his next move.

Verdict: Unlikely

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand has enjoyed a magnificent career and prior to his release by QPR this week had signalled his intention to retire at the end of the season. His talent is unquestionable but his desire to carry on is. Leeds could attempt to persuade him to reconsider and re-join them, but he would command expensive wages.

Verdict: A long shot

Darren O'Dea

Former Leeds loanee Darren O'Dea is a free agent after a short spell with Blackpool. The former Irish international had few options after being injured playing in Ukraine and leaving his club amid the turmoil there. Blackpool proved little better, and while he can expect to find a club ahead of pre-season this year, it probably won't be at Leeds.

Verdict: League One more probable

Danny Pugh

Leeds have already signed Danny Pugh twice, so don't bet on them going there again. Pugh was recently released after a season with Coventry City, in which he failed to hold down a regular starting place.

Verdict: No interest

Sanchez Watt

Once promising Arsenal forward Sanchez Watt had two loan spells at Leeds between 2010 and 2011. He has been at Colchester United for the past two seasons but is a free agent this summer after the U's decided not to keep him on. Watt is still just 24 and needs to rebuild his career, but it won't be at Elland Road.

Verdict: Not good enough

James Milner

This is more like it. The former Leeds prodigy is to become a free agent after a surprise move by Manchester City not to keep him on. The 29-year-old may make a return to Elland Road one day, but right now the simple fact is he is too good to be playing in the Championship, and is likely to sign with a top Premier League side.

Verdict: If only...

Jerome Thomas

Former loanee Jerome Thomas has had a wasted season at Crystal Palace, failing to win over either Neil Warnock or Alan Pardew. The winger has been released and could fill a need for Leeds, a club he has familiarity with. The Championship appears his best bet of regular football and at 32 he will still be keen to show he has plenty to contribute.

Verdict: An interesting option

Jermaine Pennant

Another former loanee, Pennant shocked everybody when he signed for Wigan as a free agent late in the season, and played at a high level. He displayed his talent from set pieces, scoring three goals and providing three assists in 12 appearances, and is mulling over his next move.


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