Young Leeds goalkeeper on Latics radar
Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date published: 05 July 2017
GOALKEEPER Kyle Letheren could well get his chance for Athletic against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday
ATHLETIC are reportedly ready to make a loan swoop for young Leeds United goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The Darlington-born 20-year-old is to be moved out of the Elland Road club to pick up experience, after the Championship outfit signed a new 'keeper, Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen, to challenge veteran Rob Green for a spot along with fellow shot-stopper Marco Silvestri.
Peacock-Farrell has only played once for the first team at Leeds, in a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers in April, 2016, but he is well thought-of at the club and recently took part in the same full Northern Ireland training camp that Athletic's Ryan McLaughlin was a part of.
Athletic are said to be one of a number of sides chasing his signature and with a year left on his contract, Leeds will look to extend his deal before he departs.
Athletic manager John Sheridan is on the look-out for two new goalkeepers, with Connor Ripley having returned to Middlesbrough and last season's understudy Chris Kettings turning down the chance to stay on at SportsDirect.com Park.
Kyle Letheren has been training with Athletic and is an option to fill one of the vacant spots.
The 29-year-old former Dundee and Blackpool player left York City after their relegation from the Vanarama National League and is searching for a new club.
Letheren has attracted attention from the Scottish Premiership, but could be involved in Saturday's opening friendly at Stalybridge Celtic.
Supporters can buy the new replica kits in time for that game at Bower Fold.
The blue home shirt and tangerine away top are both available from the Sports Direct club shop in the North Stand.
FUNERAL arrangements for Athletic club legend Gordon Lawton have been confirmed.
Gordon's funeral will take place on Tuesday, July 11, from 11.30am at Oldham Parish Church on Rock Street.
All are invited to pay their respects to Gordon.