Leeds United complete Karl Darlow signing

Goalkeeper joins the Whites.

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Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Karl Darlow from Newcastle United.

The goalkeeper arrives at Elland Road in a permanent deal, joining the Whites for an undisclosed fee.

The experienced 32-year-old shot-stopper has penned a three-year deal with the club, running until the summer of 2026.

Darlow came through the youth ranks at Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest and went on to make his debut for the Reds in May 2011, in their 3-0 away Championship victory over Crystal Palace.

Loan spells at Newport County AFC and Walsall followed, before he established himself as number one at the City Ground in January 2012.

After consecutive top-half finishes with Forest and impressing between the sticks, Premier League side Newcastle United moved to secure his services for an undisclosed fee in August 2014.  As part of the deal he was loaned back to Forest for the 2014/15 campaign.

In 2015, Darlow departed the City Ground having made 111 appearances, keeping 35 clean sheets in all competitions.

At Newcastle, he went on to establish himself as first choice goalkeeper at St James’ Park during the 2016/17 Championship campaign.

Darlow kept 13 clean sheets for the for the Magpies in 34 league games, as Newcastle were crowned Championship champions at the end of the season.

He remained in the North East, competing with Martin Dubravka, Loris Karius and Nick Pope until last January when he joined Championship side Hull City on loan.

At the MKM Stadium Darlow made 12 appearances for the Tigers, who lost just three times with Darlow in goal, with the stopper keeping five clean sheets in the process.

The Whites have now beaten a number of clubs to secure Darlow’s services on a permanent basis.

He becomes the club’s second signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrival of Ethan Ampadu and could make his full debut in next Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship opener against Cardiff City at Elland Road.

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