Edgar Cani: From Leeds United to Italy's lower tiers, striker glad to be playing

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Controversial Leeds loanee Edgar Cani has played his first game in months, and is glad to have done so.

Edgar Cani this week played his first match in six months, turning out for new side AC Pisa.

Cani's last game was on March 7, when he came off the bench for the final three minutes of Leeds United's 1-0 away win over Wigan Athletic.

That was the last of four brief appearances he made for the Whites, in which he amassed a total of just 48 minutes for the club.

Cani had signed on loan from Catania, but was a signing head coach Neil Redfearn did not seem to want. The then boss had publicly stated his case that he wanted to re-sign ex-Leeds hero Luciano Becchio instead, as reported SkySports.

The Albanian featured for Pisa this week in a 2-1 victory over AC Prato, playing 77 minutes, but failing to score. He remains without a goal in 2015.

Pisa play in Lega Pro Girone B, one of three regional divisions which make up Italy's third tier, formerly know as Serie C1, C2, and C3.

Speaking about his debut, he told TuttoPisa, reported by Tuttomercatoweb: "I immediately felt comfortable. I expected the enthusiasm of the people but not this way. It was a beautiful presentation, great reception and then the debut in the Arena Garibaldi with an crowd that pushed us."

Cani's spell at Leeds ended in controversy, as one of six players alleged to have ruled themselves out injured by the club in the final weeks of the season, even though the club insisted he had a knee injury, as reported The BBC - yet realistically he was not in line to be selected in any case.

While he may be glad to be playing again, his drop to Italy's lower tiers only serve to emphasise that he was not good enough to make it for a side whose ultimate goal is chasing promotion in the Championship.

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