Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Kilkenny still waiting for Leeds United offer
With Bradley Johnson already having turned down the club's 'final offer', two key midfielders could leave on Bosman free transfers in the summer.
Australian international midfielder Kilkenny, 25, cost £125,000 from Birmingham in January, 2008, and has made 137 first-team appearances.
He is currently away with his country's squad and United are reluctant to commit to a new deal until they know what division they will be playing in next term.
Kilkenny first announced his desire to stay at Leeds in December, a sentiment he repeated a month later, but he is still waiting.
The contracts of goalkeeper Shane Higgs, 33, and central defenders Patrick Kisnorbo, 30, and Richard Naylor, 34, are also due to run out in the summer. Higgs has spent most of the season on the substitutes' bench, kept out of the side by Kasper Schmeichel, while Kisnorbo is still in rehab after damaging his Achilles a year ago.
Naylor has been unable to recapture his regular first-team place since suffering a knee injury last October, though he made substitute appearances earlier this month against Doncaster and Preston.
The future of Honduras international Ramon Nunez is also in doubt.
He is currently on loan at Scunthorpe, having made just two substitute appearances for Leeds.
Nunez, 25, signed a short-term contract at the end of August after a month's trial.
The deal was extended to the end of this season with the club holding an option to keep him for an extra year.