Doncaster-born goalkeeper Alex Cairns came through the youth system at Leeds United, before ultimately being released by the Whites in early August 2015.

His initial port of call was a free transfer from Leeds United to Chesterfield, Cairns staying at the Spireites only until early January 2016 when another free transfer move saw him head back into Yorkshire, albeit South Yorkshire, and to Rotherham.

Both these moves away from Leeds United proved somewhat fruitless, Cairns being used merely as a back-up to established keepers and getting no game time for either the Spireites or the Millers. Up until a July 2016 move to Fleetwood Town, Cairns’ only senior appearance was a 31 minute slot for the Whites after a Paul Rachubka horror showing against Blackpool at Elland Road in 2011 – Cairns conceding two as Leeds lost 5-0.

However, the former White has certainly hit some measure of form on the north-west coast with the Cod Army since his move there on a free transfer from Rotherham. He made 30 League One appearances in Fleetwood’s 2016/17 campaign, keeping a more-than-impressive 16 clean sheets – conceding just 20 goals in the other 14 league games.

He’s started this campaign off in a similar fashion, keeping clean sheets against in both Fleetwood’s opening games against former club Rotherham and against Northampton Town. With the level of agility and reactions shown in the following ‘triple save’ video (below), this run of clean sheets is not unexpected.

A cross from the left prompts three excellent reaction saves from former Leeds United man, but now solid Fleetwood player Alex Cairns. It was these saves, two from #16 Aaron Pierre and one from Billy Waters, that kept Fleetwood’s goal intact – leading to a 1-0 victory for the Cod Army.

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