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Leeds United sign former Charlton midfielder Lloyd Sam

Lloyd Sam
Sam's Charlton side lost to Swindon in the play-offs last season

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has made his sixth summer signing with the capture of former Charlton midfielder Lloyd Sam on a two-year deal.

The 25-year-old, who was out of contract at The Valley, was part of the Addicks side that reached the League One play-off semi-finals last season.

Grayson told the club website: "Lloyd is another good addition to our squad.

"He has plenty of experience, he has played at Championship level, and he is hungry and keen to do well."

He added: "We're delighted to get things finalised and welcome him aboard before we go out to Slovakia [on their pre-season tour]."

Sam, who was born in Leeds, started his career at Charlton where he went on to make 134 appearances.

"My contract had ended and I wanted to get back to playing in the Championship," he said.

I'm buzzing and I'm looking forward to getting started and getting to know the lads

Lloyd Sam

"I was looking at a few Championship options, and started talking with Leeds.

"I've worked with Snods [Leeds coach Glynn Snodin] before when he was at Charlton, and we won the reserve league, so I know all about him.

"I spoke to Frazer [Richardson] as well and he said that he never wanted to leave Leeds, and said a lot of good things about the club."

Sam joined up with his new team-mates for the first time at Friday's training session and will be part of the 22-man squad that travels to Slovakia on Saturday's for their pre-season tour.

"I'm hoping to get in the team and I hope we can be in and around the play-offs," he said.

"I'm buzzing and I'm looking forward to getting started and getting to know the lads."



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