Winger joins from Sunderland until the start of January...
We are delighted to confirm that Will Buckley has today finalised his emergency loan move from Sunderland.
Buckley, who has been training with United since the start of last week, officially joins until January 2 – the day of our home game against MK Dons – and could make his debut against Birmingham City this Saturday.
The 25-year-old, an experienced player in the Championship after stints at Brighton and Watford, says making the switch feels like a “fresh start” for him as he looks to impress at Elland Road.
“I wanted to go out and get some games at a big club and Leeds was the perfect opportunity for me to do that,” Buckley told leedsunited.com.
“There was interest in the summer but after the transfer window closed Leeds were still there and they showed they were keen to get me.
“I was keen to come here and eventually it got sorted out, which I was pleased about.
“Even though the loan deal didn’t start until this week, I was glad to get with the lads and get training. It feels like a fresh start for me.
“I’ve got a point to prove that I can get back to the Premier League. To play games and to perform well is my aim now.”
Buckley becomes the ninth new addition to Uwe Rosler’s squad since the start of the summer, and the United head coach said: “We have some real options in the wide areas now and some good competition for places
“Will used his first week to get to know everybody, the players, the coaches and the place.
“He’s made a good impression. I think he’s settled into the group quickly.
“You can see the quality he’s got. He’s an established, well-known player who knows the Championship.
“He has been in the Premier League. You can see the way he moves, the way he passes, his speed and his touches – these are all qualities that we were looking to improve in our squad.”
The versatile winger, who moved to the Stadium of Light from Brighton last summer, made 24 appearances in all competitions during his debut season with the Black Cats.
However, Buckley is yet to feature in 2015/16 and was heavily linked with a switch to Elland Road over the summer, despite being named in Dick Advocaat’s 24-man Premier League squad.
The Oldham-born winger began his career with Rochdale having progressed through their youth system, and he sealed a move to Watford in 2010 after emerging as one of the Football League’s brightest young talents.
A year-and-a-half later he was snapped up by Brighton for a then club record fee of £1million following their promotion to the Championship.
Buckley made 109 appearances during his three-year spell with the Seagulls, scoring 19 goals along the way as he helped Gus Poyet’s side mount a push for the top-flight.
August 2014 saw him follow Poyet into the Premier League by joining Sunderland for a reported £2.5m fee. Buckley has another two years remaining on his current deal at the Stadium of Light.