It was a deal that likely slipped many a Leeds United fan by earlier this month but one of the players who left the club at the end of last season is back in the professional game after a rough time with injuries.
Will Huffer was once considered a future Leeds United first-team prospect. The England youth international even made one appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s side against Bristol City in 2018, keeping a clean sheet in the absence of Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Jamal Blackman.
“I’d been at Leeds since I was eight and that was the ultimate goal,” Huffer told The Athletic last year. “I’m a bit frustrated with how things have worked out but I’d regret it much more if I’d left without playing.”
But not long after that, Huffer disappeared from the first-team picture. A relentless wrist injury first suffered in December 2017 was wreaking havoc on his game and a hip injury soon followed.
However, Huffer, who is also studying classical history at the Open University, did find himself a new team at the start of November, joining Bradford Park Avenue of the National League North
But he is now back in the Football League with their city rivals Bradford City. Following a spate of injuries in the goalkeeping department at Valley Parade, the Bantams needed new stoppers. Huffer quickly emerged as a target.
The 22-year-old signed a deal until the end of the season and is now expected to play second fiddle to Sam Hornby during that period.
“We are pleased to have been able to bring Will to the club, and add depth and competition to our goalkeeping department,” the club’s joint caretaker boss Mark Trueman told the club’s website.
“He is a talented young goalkeeper who was rated very highly at Leeds United, and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do here.”
Huffer now has a tough task in his hands earning first-team football at his new club. After all of his injury troubles Leeds United fans will undoubtedly be wishing nothing but the best for Huffer at his new location.