It’s not the first story you will have read on Paddy Kenny’s potential move to Leeds and it certainly won’t be the last.
Since the end of the season, Neil Warnock has been linked with a whole host of players who have previously worked under him, non-more so than Kenny, who played for Warnock at Bury, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers.
The goalkeeper situation at Elland Road, is well, just that, a situation. Andy Lonergan, who was brought in last summer to replace the popular Kasper Schmeichel, was in fine form at the start of the season however after picking up an injury in October he struggled to recapture his previous form.
More speculation followed after QPR avoided relegation on the final day of the season, where it now seems Mark Hughes will splash the clash in order to improve his squad, getting rid of many of the players who won them promotion last year, including Paddy Kenny.
At 34 years old, Kenny would certainly be a signing for the short term, so what would he bring to the table? Experience is a key factor with goalkeepers and it is often said they get better with age. Kenny is someone who Warnock trusts and knows very well: he has made two hundred and sixteen Championship appearances and has won two promotions to the Premier League, he has that all important ‘know-how’.
Kenny’s experience would certainly be a reassuring presence behind what could be a young centre back pairing of Pearce and Lees. He may not be the most popular player with the fans and he may not pull up any trees with his performances but he is certainly no Paul Rachubka.
Reporter Alex Mulvey