Matthew Pennington has sent a message to Leeds fans after signing a three-year-deal with parent club Everton.
Pennington had spent the season on loan with Leeds and the Whites were keen to bring him in on a permanent deal, but that won’t happen now.
News of the deal, which will come as a blow to Leeds, was announced on the official Everton Twitter page on Friday afternoon.
✍️ | A similar feeling as this for @mpennington94, who's signed a new three year contract with the club!
— Everton (@Everton) May 11, 2018
Shortly after, Pennington posted a message to his personal Twitter page sending a “massive thankyou” to everyone at Leeds.
The 6ft 1 enforcer said he had enjoyed his loan spell and wished the club all the best for the future.
— Matthew Pennington (@mpennington94) May 11, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
It’s been a season interrupted by injury for Pennington, after the enforcer was hurt in the very first game of the season. He’s still made 24 appearances in the Championship though and impressed enough to make Leeds want him back again next season. Everton are also impressed though – enough for them to offer him a new three-year deal on the back of not very much. That scuppers any hope of a permanent deal for Leeds, although it’s always possible another loan move could be worked out. That doesn’t seem likely from the message though. Leeds fan will be a bit bemused. They possibly didn’t see the very best of Pennington but they’re not going to be too distraught that he’s not going to back at Elland Road next season. Victor Orta must now redouble efforts to get Kyle Bartley to partner Pontus Jansson in the centre of defence.