Warner arrives to ease goalkeeping crisis
Tuesday, 12th Oct 2010 13:56 by Tim Whelan
With Leeds in danger of running out of goalkeepers, Tony Warner is coming back for another spell at the club.
Both our regular keepers will definitely be out for the Middlesbrough game at least, and possibly for longer, as Kasper Schmeichel and Shane Higgs struggle to overcome foot and hamstring injuries respectively. We can at least be thankful that the international break has reduced the number of games that both keepers have had to miss so far, with the trip to the smoggies being the first game since Higgs collapsed in a heap at Portman Road 10 days ago.
We still have Jason Brown available, as his loan from Blackburn has been extended, and he will be our first choice keeper for the time being, but Simon Grayson didn’t want to go to the Riverside without an experienced goalie on the bench, hence his move to bring Warner back to Leeds.
You’ll remember Warner from his first spell at Elland Road, when he made 14 appearances at the start of the 2006/7 season whilst on loan from Fulham. He then moved on to Charlton, but was released by the south-east London club in the summer. As he is currently out of contract we are able to sign him even though the transfer window isn’t open, and to get back towards match fitness he will play in tonight's reserve game against Scunthorpe.
I thought that Warner was reasonably impressive during his first spell at the club, and let’s hope he can still do the business at the age of 36.
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