As written about earlier on The72, David Stockdale has decided to reject the offer of a new contract from current side Brighton and is destined to enter the free agent market when his current deal runs out at the end of June.
Stockdale’s rejection of Brighton’s offer flies in the face of earlier stories from late April, such as that carried by the Daily Mail, that he was “expected to sign a contract extension.”
Last season the 31-year-old stopper, who was born in Leeds, played in 45 games for the Seagulls across their promotion campaign, conceded just 40 times in a season where he also kept 20 clean sheets.
Such was the level of his performances that he earned a place in both the PFA and EFL Championship teams of the year. It also earned the talented stopper a whole host of teams interested in tying down his signature to their club.
Amongst these teams are Premier League champions Chelsea, fellow top-tier side Crystal Palace and his hometown club Leeds United. Free agency will bring more sides to the negotiating table, with Stockdale having a range of sides from which to choose his next destination.
These new names at the table are meaningless to Leeds United fans, because they know which side that David Stockdale should sign to.
Goliath task for David to slew as Stockdale says no to Brighton – Leeds United fans comment on Twitter
When any player is linked with a particular club there is usually a certain buzz that goes around amongst fans. Social media and club forum sites become laden down with fans eager to find out answers to often the most intangible of questions. Tonight on Twitter, Leeds United fans are having their say on what David Stockdale should do.
— WAFLL (@SnoodDogGMonk) May 19, 2017
The above fan sees it as a simple case and one that should be eased in, Stockdale needs to come back to his roots.
— Nathan Le Prevost (@nathanleprevost) May 19, 2017
It looks increasingly likely that Stockdale will leave Brighton, although it is not a fait accompli, but whether he’ll end up at Leeds – that is pure speculation and conjecture at the moment.
— Lieutenant Cool (@LieutenantCool) May 19, 2017
Some Leeds fans are already gearing up to give the club advice as to the need to go after Stockdale. In a way fans like Lieutenant Cool (above) are right, if a player of Stockdale’s pedigree appears on the market as a free agent, then Leeds should be showing the ambition to be in the market for his signature.
— bae-rardi (@baerardi) May 19, 2017
It’s strange that a player’s own fans turn on them so quickly when they decide that a deal offered to them isn’t what they are looking for. As Leeds United fan and Twitter user bae-rardi says, maybe it’s time that David Stockdale thought about packing up his south coast bags and heading back up north.
— Sheffield whites (@bremner1919) May 19, 2017
Fan account We Are Brighton thinks it is all about the money, money, money with regard to why Stockdale has turned down the deal at the Seagulls. However, Leeds fan and Twitter user Sheffield Whites says that the keeper will have a shock if that’s his motivation signing for the Whites.
— Oliver White (@OliWhiteMOT93) May 19, 2017
For Leeds fan Oliver, bringing in one Leeds-born player in David Stockdale isn’t enough, go the whole hog and make a statement by bringing in Morley-born old boy Jonny Howson as well.
This is the quote from David Stockdale that seems to have kicked off a lot of the muttering on Twitter.