Leeds United sign Pontefract footballer Green

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PONTEFRACT’S European Championship footballer Paul Green has become the second signing in two days for Leeds United.

The Republic of Ireland international (pictured) will join United on a free transfer after his contract with Derby County ends at the end of this month.

Green, 29, who came on as a substitute for Ireland in their European Championships game against Spain last week, has signed a two-year deal.

He joined Derby in the summer of 2008 from Doncaster Rovers on a free transfer and made 143 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals.

He started both of Derby’s Championship games against Leeds last season, with Derby coming out on top 1-0 at Pride Park in December and then 2-0 at Elland Road in April.

He gained his first cap for Ireland while on the books at Pride Park and having recovered from a serious knee injury last season he forced his way into Giovanni Trappatoni’s Euro 2012 squad when a late call-up.

Green was previously on the books of Doncaster Rovers, ironically making his last appearance for them in the 2008 League One play-off final against Leeds at Wembley.

United boss Neil Warnock said: “Paul is another player I’ve been after for a long time, but obviously he was called up by Ireland for the European Championships so we’ve had to be a bit patient.

“I’ve seen him grow from his days at Doncaster and I’m delighted to have him here.

“I’ve always thought that he is a player who can create goals as well as score them and he has just the type of attitude we need at Elland Road.”