Leeds United: Paddy’s professionalism praised by Hockaday

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DAVID HOCKADAY has praised Paddy Kenny’s professionalism after his departure from Leeds United by mutual consent.

Kenny’s days at Elland Road have been numbered since early summer, with the 36-year-old not given a squad number ahead of the new season, with United owner Massimo Cellino keen to get him off the wage bill.

Kenny, who had a year left on his United deal, has now reached a compromise agreement, ending a difficult summer for him.

Kenny, pictured, was left behind on the club’s pre-season tour of Italy amid reports that Cellino, inset, was unhappy with his condition and fitness and has trained away from the first team since.

Hockaday said: “By the time I got here (in June), the decision had been made. Paddy has been very professional about it, to be fair to him. He wasn’t taken away to Italy, although he had been ill a couple of days previously. But he has conducted himself really, really well. I genuinely wish him well.

“I think he’s a good keeper and good lad. The club have obviously come to a compromise deal and I genuinely wish him well.

“I am sure he will go somewhere and go well.”

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