Leeds United snap up midfielder

Michael Brown, signed for Leeds United.
Michael Brown, signed for Leeds United.

LEEDS United have finally strengthened their midfield with the signing of experienced former Portsmouth player Michael Brown.

The 34-year-old, who was out of contract at Portsmouth, completed his free transfer switch to Leeds in Scotland before joining up with his new team-mates for training at their Glasgow base.

The Hartlepool-born ex-Sheffield United, Tottenham, Fulham and Wigan player has signed a one-year deal with a further year’s option.

He is the first outfield player to be added to United’s ranks this summer with Leeds desperate to replace Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny, who have left for Norwich and Bristol City respectively. More signings are expected before the big kick-off next month.

Brown has made 524 senior appearances after starting his career at Manchester City and Leeds boss Simon Grayson is delighted to have added his experience to his squad.

He said: “We’re delighted to finalise things with Michael. He is a player that I have long been interested in and I’m glad we’ve been able to sort things out for him to come here.

”He has experience and know-how and he has played at the highest level. He fits the bill in terms of the quality of player I was looking to bring in and he will be a great addition to the squad.

”He met up with the lads when we arrived in Scotland and we’ve been able to conclude things quickly so he can start training with us here.”

The midfielder, who follows goalkeeper Paul Rachubka as the club’s second summer signing, could make his Leeds debut in Wednesday’s friendly at Falkirk.