Pugh returns to Leeds United

Danny Pugh, pictured first time around in a Leeds United shirt. Picture: IAN HARBER
Danny Pugh, pictured first time around in a Leeds United shirt. Picture: IAN HARBER
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LEEDS United have re-signed Danny Pugh on loan from Stoke City and intend to make it a permanent deal in January.

The 28-year-old left side midfielder or left-back returns to Elland Road where he made 57 appearances in two seasons between 2004 and 2006 after arriving as part of the deal that took Alan Smith to Manchester United.

United manager Simon Grayson is pleased to have added to his squad with a proven player at this level.

He said: “He’s a versatile and experienced player, who has played in the Premier League and Europa League.

“He also knows the Championship well and he knows the club very well.

“Two or three other clubs were in for him, but he jumped at the chance to come here.

“This was a deal we almost did on deadline day with some of the money that is available, but Tony (Pulis, Stoke manager), wanted to keep him at Stoke a while longer, so we’ve brought him in on loan in the first instance and will make it permanent in January.”

Pugh began his career at Manchester United but made just seven appearances there before moving to Leeds where he scored six goals in 57 appearances before moving to Preston then onto Stoke, who he helped to gain promotion to the Premier League.