Leeds yesterday (22/07/09) signed Australian international centre back Patrick Kisnorbo. According to Leedsunited.com Kisnorbo joined United in the face of interest from a host of Championship clubs, including Derby County and Crystal Palace, after former club Leicester City decided not to renew his contract.
Kisnorbo, 28, has signed on a 2-year deal at Elland Road and has previously stated his desire and hunger to prove that Leicester were wrong in releasing him and play in the Championship again.
An experienced campaigner all round; Kisnorbo has been capped 14 times by his national side, as well as playing in the UEFA cup with Hearts. In his 4 years at Leicester he was practically ever present for the first three, gaining experience in the Championship, before relegation and injuries followed – with Kisnorbo starting just 3 games in the second half of the season in which Leicester finished as League 1 champions. With a side established, Kisnorbo was deemed surplus to requirements at the Walkers Stadium.
Leeds United manager Simon Grayson along with every Leeds fan will be hopeful for Kisnorbo to have a successful, injury-free spell at Elland Road, as their search for a solid central defensive partnership continues. Leeds were dogged by defensive problems last season, some that would have been comical had we Leeds fans not been crying into our hands/pints/half-time pies, as our season and the promotion hopes that filled our fragile hearts early on were, to be fair, sustained (until the playoff semis, that is) but with horrible thoughts always in the back of your mind every time the ball got in our third.
Enough of that anyway. The hope is that with Patrick Kisnorbo in the back four, we’ll be a little more stable at the back and stop conceding those god-awful shockers all the time.
Now how about a little creativity in the middle? Eh?