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Tom Lees signs for Sheffield Wednesday

31 July 2014

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Sheffield Wednesday have signed central defender Tom Lees from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old has penned a three-year contract at Hillsborough.

Lees is primarily a centre half who has also slotted into the right back berth when required.

Warwick-born, Lees moved to Yorkshire as a youngster and makes the short hop from Elland Road to S6.

He turned professional with the Whites in 2009 and gained vital loan experience initially with Accrington Stanley and then Bury.

Lees scooped the Shakers’ Players’ Player of the Year award in their promotion-winning season of 2010/11 before returning to Leeds to become a first team regular.

Having already earned international recognition with England at Under-16 level, Lees was called up to the Under-21s in 2012 under then-manager Stuart Pearce.

Domestically, he has made a total of 207 senior appearances through his career so far.

Lees said: “We’ve been in talks and I’ve been hoping everything was OK and I’m delighted to have put pen to paper.

“You never know with any deal until it’s signed, of course, and I couldn’t be happier.

“This is a massive football club steeped in top-flight history for most of its existence and I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve spoken to plenty of players who have played for Sheffield Wednesday and they can’t speak highly enough of the place.

“Obviously, that has a big bearing on your decision and it’s great that so many people in the game speak so well of this club.”

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