Alex Cairns issues heartfelt message after move from Salford City back to Leeds United

Alex Cairns has spoken of his affection for Leeds United after sealing a return to Elland Road.

The goalkeeper is a product of the Whites academy and spent four years as a professional on the club’s books. He was released in 2015 after one first-team appearance but has since carved out a respectable career in the EFL.

He has now made a return to Yorkshire, adding experience to the goalkeeping department and helping Leeds stay in line with EFL regulations as a homegrown player.

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With Illan Meslier and Karl Darlow still in Daniel Farke’s squad, it appears Cairns will be filling the third-choice goalkeeper spot vacated by Kristoffer Klaesson. The former Norway youth international has joined Polosh outfit Raków Częstochowa on a permanent basis.

Alex Cairns has returned to Leeds United. Image: Jonathan GawthorpeAlex Cairns has returned to Leeds United. Image: Jonathan Gawthorpe
Alex Cairns has returned to Leeds United. Image: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Posting on social media platform X, formerly Twitter, Cairns has spoken of his delight at returning to the club who developed him. He said: “Delighted to join the club that taught me my craft and a club I have much affection for.

"For years I’ve looked on and seen the club make unbelievable strides and can’t wait to be apart of that. Now to get stuck in with the work and to help in whatever means necessary.”

He also took the opportunity to thank Salford, who have lost their first-choice goalkeeper to the Whites. The 31-year-old did not miss a single League Two fixture for the Ammies last term and starred between the sticks as the club knocked Leeds out of the Carabao Cup.

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Cairns said: Just want to say a big thank you to everyone associated with Salford City. You took me in and I’ve loved every minute of the journey. Some really good people within the football club. I wish you all nothing but success in the future and will always be watching on.”

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