By Keith Ingham
After a month when apart from the 'piece' in the Daily Mirror by Cellino events in Planet Leeds have been decidedly quiet, but in one day that changed. The signings of under 23 goalkeeper Charlie Horton and Scottish striker Lee Erwin plus the welcome news that Neil Redfearn is staying at Leeds and returning to the academy as Head Coach running the development squad and continuing the great work in bringing through the talent at Elland Road.
I must be honest I've not heard anything about the young American goalkeeper who was released by Cardiff City but he is well thought of by the new goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis. With his appointment, Neil Sullivan has returned to his previous post of goalkeeper coach at youth level.
Lee Erwin is only twenty one years old and has signed a three year deal with Leeds United and comes from Motherwell. He is well thought of in the Scottish Premier League and it is hoped that the productive line of Scottish players from yesteryear continues with the six foot two striker. His fee has still to be agreed, a fee of less than £500,000 is expected to be paid for him. His goals on YouTube have certainly wetted the appetite of this Leeds fan writing the blog. Leeds in my opinion made a mistake in letting a target man like Matt Smith depart last season but I'm hoping this new striker can be a asset in the 2015/16 season.
As for Neil Redfearn I'm so pleased the offers he had he rejected and stayed where his and others hard work with the youngsters is paying dividends with the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and Charlie Taylor being virtually guaranteed a 'Kappa' first team shirt next season. With the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Chris Dawson and many others waiting for their chance to impress the new Head Coach Uwe Rossler and his assistant Rob Kelly.
I am very impressed by the humility of the Dewsbury born Redfearn, silence sometimes says a thousand words. He will always have the support of the fans in the stand. He is the reason why we stayed in the Championship and I'll say it until the 'cows come home'. The man is 'Leeds' through and through.
I still have my doubts about next season because of who is running the club, because I cannot see him letting people just do their jobs. Cellino has a lot to prove to the doubters next season but these additions and one we trust might convince this supporter to once again part with his money and give the Italian another chance.