Highly-rated forward joins from Oxford United...
We are delighted to announce the signing of forward Kemar Roofe on a four-year deal from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.
The highly-rated 23-year-old, who won the League Two Player of the Year award last season, becomes our sixth new addition of the summer following the arrivals of Marcus Antonsson, Kyle Bartley, Hadi Sacko, Robert Green and Matt Grimes.
Roofe finalised his switch at Elland Road on Thursday morning and will now head to Ireland to join his new team-mates at their pre-season training camp.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Roofe told leedsunited.com. “I don’t think I’ll actually realise how big the club is until the first game of the season, but I’m amazed by what I’ve seen so far.
“As soon as I found out, I was really pleased to be a part of a club like this. The club has a great history and a bright future as well.
“You can tell there’s something exciting happening here with the signings we’re making – they’re all good signings.
“I can’t wait to start getting to know the squad and playing football again.”
Asked about his style of play, Roofe added: “I like to be entertaining – I like to play football how I would like to watch football. The fans want to be entertained, see creative play and goals.
“I think I can play in several positions and I wouldn’t like to nail myself down to one place. I like to have the ball in the attacking third and try to create something.
“I’ve worked hard on my finishing and scoring goals is something I enjoy. I was fortunate to do that a lot last season.”
The Walsall-born attacker, who can also operate on the wing, played a key role as Oxford achieved promotion to League One last term and were Football League Trophy Runners-up at Wembley.
Roofe netted 26 goals from 49 matches in all appearances during the last campaign and secured himself a place in the League Two Team of the Year at April’s annual Football League Awards.
He initially joined Oxford on loan in 2015 after progressing through the ranks at Premier League side West Brom. During his time at the Hawthorns, Roofe also had a loan stint at Icelandic club Vikingur Reykjavik before returning to England for spells at Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town and Colchester United.
He shot to prominence upon his switch to the Kassam Stadium, though, and the U’s moved to make the deal permanent last summer after hitting six goals from 16 matches.
Roofe enjoyed the finest season of his career to date during 2015/16 and caught the eye during the opening weeks of the campaign with a 40-yard strike in Oxford’s League Cup victory over Championship side Brentford.
He went on to net an impressive FA Cup brace against Premier League outfit Swansea City earlier this year and bagged his first hat-trick in a League Two win against Dagenham and Redbridge back in March.
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