Released by Leeds United in 2015, Alex Cairns is now on fire under Uwe Rosler

Alex Cairns - Leeds United v Blackpool

The goalkeeper is unbeaten in the league with Fleetwood Town and is a clean-sheet machine.

Alex Cairns - Leeds UnitedAlex Cairns - Leeds United

Leeds United released goalkeeper Alex Cairns in the summer of 2015. He left during a time of turmoil at the club.

Neil Redfearn was technically the manager at the time, but his future at the club was clearly bleak. The goalkeeper, who Redfearn later admitted he would have kept, left on a free just one week before Uwe Rosler became the manager at Elland Road.

Which is ironic, considering how his career has panned out.

Cairns is now in fine form at League One promotion chasers Fleetwood Town, managed by Rosler.

This comes after two poor spells at Chesterfield and Rotherham, where he was re-signed by Redfearn.

Rosler, who only lasted 12 games at Leeds, gave Cairns his first start for the club in the league v Cairns former club Chesterfield in November. Since then he has played 18 league games and not lost once, keeping eight clean sheets in the process.

Speaking about Cairns last week Rosler told the Blackpool Gazette:

“Alex has, in my opinion, for a keeper who had only played three senior games before starting that run, he is playing like a player who has 50, 80, 100 games under his belt.

“He is not fazed by anything, he keeps his feet on the ground; he offers something that I am looking for in a modern goalkeeper.”

Alex Cairns of Fleetwood in action with Gustav Engvall of Bristol CityAlex Cairns of Fleetwood in action with Gustav Engvall of Bristol City

The 24-year-old is clearly proving to Leeds, as well as Chesterfield and Rotherham, that they should have given him a chance.

Rosler in the meantime is reaping the benefits.

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