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Andy Lonergan raves about Leeds coach, reflects on shock return, shares details of Wolves freeze-out

Andy Lonergan  of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County at Molineux Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Wolverhampton,...

Leeds United re-signed goalkeeper Andy Lonergan last month.

Andrew Lonergan of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Northampton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Sixfields Stadium on July 26, 2016 in...

Leeds United's new signing Andy Lonergan has told LUTV that it has been brilliant to return to Elland Road, and raved about goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad.

The Whites made huge changes to their squad over the summer, and predominantly focused on the European market, bringing the likes of Felix Wiedwald, Mateusz Klich, Samu Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, Jay-Roy Grot, Pawel Cibicki and Pierre Michel-Lasogga in an exciting intake of new signings.

However, when Robert Green left the club for Huddersfield Town having slipped behind Wiedwald in the pecking order, Leeds looked to the domestic market - and one of their former players - to arrive as a third-choice goalkeeper.

Andrew Lonergan of Wolverhampton Wanderers in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Northampton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Sixfields Stadium on July 26, 2016 in...

Just days before last month's transfer deadline, Leeds swooped to re-sign goalkeeper Andy Lonergan from Championship rivals Wolverhampton Wanders, handing him a two-year contract to return to Elland Road.

Leeds prised Lonergan away from hometown club Preston in 2011, and he made 38 appearances in his only season at Elland Road, before moving on to Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Wolves, but six years since making his first move to West Yorkshire, Lonergan is back.

The 33-year-old is set to offer experienced cover for Wiedwald, and he brings real Championship know-how having made over 300 league appearances in the second tier.

Now, Lonergan has been discussing his return to Elland Road, telling LUTV that it is brilliant to be back, having opened up on his hell at Wolves, where he was completely frozen out as he wasn't even allowed to train with Nuno's first team, instead being demoted to train with the Under-18's.

Andy Lonergan  of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County at Molineux Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Wolverhampton,...

Lonergan also raved about Leeds goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad, who followed new manager Thomas Christiansen to Leeds this past summer, stating that he has been 'top class' so far, with the ex-Leeds goalkeeper clearly delighted to have made his return to Elland Road.

“It’s brilliant, absolutely brilliant,” said Lonergan. “I’ve enjoyed all the training so far. It’s been different, as it’s the first time I’ve really worked with a foreign goalkeeper coach, but he’s top class. He works us hard, very hard, which is what I’ve needed because I’ve pretty much done nothing, I’ve done no goalkeeping at all in pre-season, probably just two or three sessions with the Under-18’s at Wolves, but I feel like I’m getting back into it, each day I’m getting better and fitter. It’s been spot on, and I know people always say these things in interviews, but genuinely, it’s been brilliant,” he added.

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