New Leeds United keeper Andy Lonergan aims to stake his first claim for the No.1 jersey when he makes his Whites debut tonight, having been brought to the club as a replacement for Kasper Schmeichel following the Dane’s departure to Leicester.
The summer signing, who completed a free transfer move on Monday, has missed the first team's pre-season trip to Norway, but will play for a second xi against Bradford Park Avenue at the Horsfall Stadium this evening.
"I was disappointed it wasn't done in time to go to Norway, but I'll play at Bradford and it's good to get your first game," the stopper told the club's official website.
"I trained with Neil Redfearn and some of the lads on Tuesday and it was good. I'm looking forward to getting started. There is good competition because Paul (Rachubka) is a good goalkeeper and he will see himself as number one."
The former Preston North End keeper rejected Barclays Premier League advances to sign a three-year deal at Elland Road, and now firmly hopes to be part of a promotion challenge under Simon Grayson this season.
"It wasn't a big decision football-wise, but it was family wise. But as soon as I heard of the interest, which was probably six weeks ago, I knew where I wanted to go,” he added.
"There were a couple of clubs closer to home, but this is a massive football club that wants to get to the Premier League, and I want to get to the Premier League here."