Together Again, Naturally: Paddy Kenny joins Warnock at Leeds
For the fourth time in his career, Republic of Ireland international Paddy Kenny has signed on the dotted line for manager Neil Warnock – this time as the latest signing of Leeds United.
July 11th, 2012
The 34 year-old keeper was unveiled today as a Leeds player, following his spells under Warnock at Bury, Sheffield United, QPR and now the Whites. Warnock spoke with glee to the club website at having secured his “main man”.
“I think he’s a great keeper,” gushed Warnock. “He’s one of the best in the country, not just the Championship. We are delighted to get him. He’s a northern lad, he knows what a pull Leeds is and he knows all about it.”
Kenny’s signature is believed to be worth around half a million pounds, and follows on the heels of his being transfer-listed by Queen’s Park Rangers after Robert Green’s arrival from West Ham. Kenny made 44 appearances for QPR during their promotion-winning season of 2010-11 and was named QPR’s Player of the Year, followed by an absence of only five league games and seven clean sheets in their first season back among the top English clubs.
“I’ve loved every single minute of my time at QPR,” Kenny told the club’s official website.
“It’s been an incredible two years. Winning promotion to the Premier League here is an experience I will never forget, as was the rollercoaster ride of avoiding relegation last season.
“Hopefully I’ll be back at Loftus Road as a Premier League player with Leeds United in the very near future.”
His transfer was regarded as the close season’s worst-kept secret following a series of strong hints from his Twitter account, with the hashtag #wink making more than one appearance when he wondered whether he’d be back at QPR for their pre-season training.
“Change of plan now not starting pre season now tomorrow but something else is happening at 1pm, oh I wonder what #cananyoneguess #hahaha”
Today he tweeted “Just want to say a massive thank you to Qpr fans, you have been amazing, the 2 years have been so good and I will never forget them”.
“New chapter now and I can’t wait I promise you all you will get 110% from me every week, and get this massive club back to the prem”.
Kenny makes for United’s fourth signing of the summer, following defenders Adam Drury and Jason Pearce and midfielder Paul Green through the gates at Elland Road.