Report: Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick fails to win Leeds contract, brief trial ended

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Leeds United have reportedly chosen not to pursue Jak Alnwick.

The Yorkshire Evening Post report that former Newcastle goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has failed to win a contract with Leeds United.

Alnwick, 22, joined Newcastle from North East rivals Sunderland back in 2008, and shot to fame last season by making his debut for the Magpies as a substitute against Chelsea, pulling off a number of fine saves to hand Newcastle a shock 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho's men.

However, Alnwick ended the season with just eight appearances to his name, and with his contract expiring this summer, the Magpies chose to release Alnwick.

As a free agent, Alnwick is available to go on trial with other clubs during pre-season training, and he joined up with Leeds United earlier this week.

Yet, just a matter of days into his stay with Uwe Rosler's men, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that Alnwick has already been told that he won't be earning a permanent contract at Elland Road, and has subsequently left the club.

Alnwick will now be looking to go on trial elsewhere in order to win a contract, with his bid to play for Leeds next season seemingly over.

Signing a goalkeeper - important for Leeds?

Leeds have their first choice goalkeeper already in place, with Marco Silvestri looking to build on a promising first season in English football.

However, having released Stuart Taylor this summer, Leeds lack cover for Silvestri, and Alnwick was brought in with a view to filling that role.

Given Alnwick's release from the trial period, manager Rosler will once again be on the lookout for a new goalkeeper ahead of the new season - possibly adding more trialists in the coming weeks.

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