Ankergren leaves on a high
Casper Ankergren has declared promotion as 'mission accomplished' despite it meaning he will leave Leeds.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 17/05/10 1:09pm
Leeds goalkeeper Casper Ankergren has declared promotion as 'mission accomplished' despite it meaning he will leave the club.
The Whites secured second spot in League One this term after they beat Bristol Rovers 2-1 on a last day full of drama, having failed in the play-offs on the previous two attempts.
Ankergren has been at Elland Road since 2007 but the club announced he would not be getting a new contract this summer and that he is free to move on.
"I've really enjoyed my time at Leeds," he told the club's official website.
"It's been a pleasure to play for the club and I'll miss a lot of people, not just the players, but there's a lot of people behind the scenes, and I'll miss them all.
"The fans made a massive impact on me too. They are very passionate, and the support can be amazing.
"Without those 25,000 the club couldn't move forward and you can't ask for much more when you look at the numbers they turn out."
Ankergren was not the first-choice keeper at Leeds this season following the arrival of Shane Higgs, but he still managed 39 appearances in all competitions.
The Danish shot-stopper did produce memorable displays in the FA Cup games against Manchester United and Tottenham though, and says he is happy to move on having secured promotion.
"I still feel I played a big part in us winning promotion, and in many ways, it feels like it's mission accomplished," he added.
"I'm happy that we did it, and I have a promotion with Leeds United on my CV.
"Now, the club is moving on and I'll move on."