Danny Pugh rejoins Elland Road club...

Danny Pugh in action for Leeds in 2004

Leeds United have signed Stoke City utility man Danny Pugh on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The 28-year-old returns to the club after a five-year spell that took in Preston North End and Premier League Stoke.

Danny, who was the club's first signing following our relegation from the Premier League in 2004, made 57 appearances for Leeds between 2004 and 2006, scoring six goals.

Danny was a regular during his first season, but found appearances restricted in 2005/06 and he moved to Preston that summer before joining Stoke two years later, who he helped reach the Premier League.

Danny, who has made 213 career appearances, can play anywhere on the left side of the park and has also played in central midfield.

"We're delighted to bring Danny to the football club," said United boss Simon Grayson.

"He is a versatile player and he is an experienced player, who has played in both the Premier League and the Europa League with Stoke.

"He also knows the Championship well and he knows this club very well. Two or three other clubs were in for him, but he jumped at the chance to come here.

"This was a deal we almost did on deadline day with some of the money that is available, but Tony wanted to keep him at Stoke a while longer, so we've brought him in on loan in the first instance and will make it permanent in January."