Scott Carson details why he quit Leeds, makes claim about transfer confusion
Derby goalkeeper Scott Carson has claimed that he had little choice but to quit Leeds United when he signed for Liverpool in 2005.
Carson, 32, will face off against the Whites at Pride Park on Wednesday night and the former England international has been recalling his time at Elland Road and his move to Merseyside.
Liverpool paid £750,000 for Carson 13 years ago and the goalkeeper has admitted that he knew it was time for him to move on when Neil Sullivan was snapped up by Leeds, pushing him down the pecking order.
Carson was a product of the academy in West Yorkshire but only ever made three first-team appearances before being sold.
Now, in an interview in the matchday programme for Derby’s Championship fixture with Leeds, the shot-stopper has claimed how he was confused about transfers in the early days of his career, saying that he never expected to be leaving Elland Road.
“When I was first at Leeds, I didn’t expect that I would be going anywhere, you don’t understand transfers when you’re younger,” he said in the programme, as shown by Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay on his personal Twitter account.
“When they got relegated, I thought that I would be playing in the Championship, but a week before the season started they signed Neil Sullivan. He was a great goalkeeper and a great person to work with and I learned a lot from him, but it was just disappointing that I was on the bench.
“When Liverpool came in it was a no-brainer for me.”
Derby keeper Scott Carson on leaving Leeds for Liverpool in 2005 pic.twitter.com/p70jM2QBhs
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 21, 2018
Carson only spent three years at Liverpool and was sent on three different loan spells to Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Aston Villa.
In 2008, West Brom signed the goalkeeper after a nomadic start to career, but he finally settled down at the Hawthorns as the Black Country outfit began to stabilise themselves as a Premier League club.
He spent a period as club captain for the Baggies before going on to play for Bursaspor, Wigan and now Derby.
In other Leeds United news, this summer signing has confirmed that he has jetted out to the Middle East.