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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 09:41 GMT 10:41 UK
Leeds complete signing of Stone
Steve Stone
Leeds United have completed the signing of ex-England international Steve Stone from Portsmouth on a free transfer.

The club has beaten Championship rivals Southampton to seal a deal for Stone, 33, who has signed a two-year contract.

The winger becomes the fifth summer signing for Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell after Rob Hulse, Ian Bennett, Dan Harding and Eddie Lewis.

Stone was told at the end of last season that he would not be offered a new deal at Fratton Park.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I'm delighted to be joining. The club has turned it's debts around and is going in the right direction.

"The main thing for me is that we can push for promotion this season. It's a tough division and isn't going to be easy but hopefully we can get up this year. Leeds is a massive club, it's much bigger than Portsmouth.

"I've got promoted from this division with Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest. Everytime I have played at this level I have got promoted."

The former Nottingham Forest player joined Portsmouth on loan initially in October 2002 and two months later signed permanently at Fratton Park.

He was capped nine times for England.


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