leeds united agree fee for 21 goal agard as tsb hits 25 yearsBack
Leeds United are reported to have agreed a fee with Rotherham for forward Kieran Agard, and barring complications or other surprise signings, he looks set to be United’s eleventh signing of the summer.
Reports from South Yorkshire have been confirmed up west by the YEP’s Phil Hay, who tweeted:
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) August 15, 2014
Agard started his career at Everton, but really hit his stride at Rotherham last season when he scored 21 goals in their successful League One promotion campaign.
He would add to a forward line at Leeds that has been totally transformed in the last two weeks, with Smith, Hunt, Morison, Poleon and Walters now joined by Doukara, Ajose and Sharp; for those of you keeping count, Agard would be the ninth forward at the club; some of those might have to move on, but Phil Hay also says Mathieu Smith is about to be offered a new contract, so we’re at least keeping him.
The Square Ball magazine has its own count to be reckoned with as of tomorrow: before the Middlesbrough game we’ll be selling the first issue of our 25th season as a Leeds United fanzine, and the YEP have published an article by Paul Robinson today looking back at how – and more importantly, why – an independent voice about LUFC has survived and flourished for a quarter of a century.
In the new mag tomorrow – which still only costs £1.50, by the way – is an archive highlight from that first season back in 1989/90: an interview with Gordon Strachan from just after the Sheffield United “Go on Gary Speed” game in which he discusses Wilkinson, Simon Tracey, the poll tax and Kenny Dalglish; that comes complete with new art by Joe Gamble, who has also contributed a squad poster ahead of the new season. Heartbreaking artwork by Chris Moran illustrates Rob Mulholland’s moving tribute to Tom Lees, while seasoned TSB writers (ie, old) Andy P and Jon Howe contribute their thoughts on Massimo Cellino, and dealing with people who want to know “What’s going on with Leeds, then?” There’s loads more, including the diary and The Hock’s opinion on some of his managerial rivals, and if you can’t stretch to £1.50 outside the ground tomorrow, the digital version will be available soon from TheSquareBall.net for only a quid.