Monday, 25 July 2011
Leeds United sign Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan
The 27-year-old signed a three-year deal at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon as he completed the formalities of his move across the Pennines.
A former England under-21 international, Lonergan was Preston's player of the year in 2009/10 and is a proven consistent performance, having made 147 consecutive starts for his hometown club.
He has made almost 250 career appearances, the majority coming for Preston with only a handful of appearances being made elsewhere on short-term loans earlier in his career.
The Preston-born goalkeeper was attracting interest from Everton, and United manager Simon Grayson was delighted to complete the signing of his long-time target.
"This is something that has been ongoing for a while and some deals take longer to be concluded than others," said the boss.
"Contrary to the speculation we weren't chasing a lot of goalkeepers, Andy was always my number one choice, and I'm delighted we could bring him here.
"He's played many games in the Championship and has been linked with many moves to the Premier League which speaks volumes about him. He can't wait to get started and we're looking forward to working with him.
"It adds competition to our goalkeeping position which I was wanted to do. Andy knows Paul Rachubka has done well in pre-season so the competition will good. I'm looking forward to the battle between the two of them."