One of Leeds United's young players is leaving Elland Road for pastures new.
The 22-year-old has only ever made one senior appearance for the side and given the presence of Marco Silvestri and Stuart Taylor it is no surprise the youngster has moved on seemingly in pursuit of regular first-team football.
Cairns sent a message on Wednesday morning, confirming that would be his last day at Elland Road.
“My time at Leeds is finished from today,” Cairns wrote, “(I) would like to thank the club for giving me my first step in football, all the staff, players and fans that have helped me through my time at the club. It’s been a good one, I thank you all.”
There are likely to be a few more departures from Leeds in the coming weeks, with a number of players coming to the end of their current deals.
Some of those will be hoping to be offered new contracts but Cairns is unlikely to be the last player to say goodbye.
Following the news that Leeds’ transfer embargo has been lifted, they will also be able to sign players without limits on length of stay or wage amount. And with some of England’s brightest young prospects currently at the club, with the right additions they could be set for a very good second season under manager Neil Redfearn.
1/2 My time @LUFC is finished from today. Would like to thank the club for giving me my first step in football, all the staff, players— Alex Cairns (@AlexCairns30) May 13, 2015
2/2 and fans that have helped me through my time at the club it's been a good one and I thank you all!— Alex Cairns (@AlexCairns30) May 13, 2015