Pictures are emerging, via the Twitter feed of BBC Radio Leeds’ Adam Pope of a series of ‘new faces’ training up at Leeds United’s Thorp Arch training ground. Amongst the backroom staff and new signings is also trailist Adam Drury, formerly of Manchester City, Grimsby and St. Mirren.
With the appointment of experienced and respected coach Uwe Rösler, Leeds fans are looking forward to a preseason that doesn’t involve last minute loan moves, 16-0 beatings of Italian village sides and the ignominy of a ‘skins vs. bibs’ game amongst themselves after the opponents didn’t turn up. Bolstered by the pedigree brought by Rösler, Leeds fans are also looking forward the the experience brought to the fore by a second-in-command as good as Rob Kelly (below).
Rob Kelly had to retire as a player at the tender age of 24 but it allowed him to hone his man-management skills and this has seen him in both a coaching and management role at Leicester as well as coaching roles at Preston North End, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday. He also worked alongside Alan Irvine as assistant at Premier League West Brom last season before Irvine was sacked, leading to Kelly leaving the role a short time after. Kelly has also spent spells as a youth team coach at Watford and as academy director at Blackburn Rovers.
Leeds really have splashed the cash, to the tune of a reputed £3m, on ex-West Brom and Leicester striker Chris Wood, a 23-year old New Zealand international striker. Whilst limited to few outings in last season’s Premier League campaign, Leeds are hoping that the bustling forward can show the goal-scoring form that convinced the Foxes to sign him from West Brom in January 2013.
Leeds’ first ‘heard of’ signing came in the shape of Motherwell’s 21-year old striker Lee Erwin. Leeds have fond memories of players coming to Elland Road from Scotland, in the shape of Robert Snodgrass, and fans are hoping that youngster Erwin can find his groove amongst Leeds ‘Academy-home growns’ and segue seamlessly into top gear and first team action.
Finally, one face not signed by Leeds, but invited for trial nonetheless, is former Manchester City youth player and graduate Adam Drury. Primarily a right winger, Drury can drop back and fill in at right back and is seen a a pacey and intelligent dribbler of the ball. Released by Manchester City this summer, Drury spent 12 games on loan at SPL side St Mirren last season, scoring three goals in the process.
pictures courtesy of Adam Pope’s Twitter feed (@APOPEY) – cropped and resized.