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Wednesday 27 August 2014

St Ledger in 'shop window' at Wembley after Leicester blow

Daniel McDonnell

Published 28/05/2013 | 05:00

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Sean St Ledger
Sean St Ledger

SEAN ST LEDGER is on the lookout for a new club after being told that he is surplus to requirements at Leicester.

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The Ireland international has struggled to find a club manager who has provided him the same support as Giovanni Trapattoni, and faces packing his bags again after a season marred by injury which concluded with an unexpected loan stint at Millwall.

St Ledger (pictured right) has suffered bad luck since a planned big-money move from Preston to Middlesbrough in 2009 became a short-term loan stint when Gareth Southgate was replaced by Gordon Strachan.

Sven-Goran Eriksson then brought him to Leicester before being shown the door, with the centre-half unable to get a regular run in the team under the Swede's replacement, Nigel Pearson.

"I must be a curse for managers," he sighed yesterday ahead of the Wembley friendly with England, which takes on added significance as he needs to impress potential buyers.

The Birmingham-born defender has a year remaining on his contract. "I am surplus to requirements at Leicester. They've said I'm not going to play too much next season and yeah, to try and find a new club," he said.

"I have to wait and see what happens. I'm happy at Leicester and wouldn't want to leave but when you are told that then sometimes you have to accept it.

"I haven't played much for the last two seasons. I'm 28 now, I want to play as much as I can, week in, week out, and if that's not going to be the case you have accept that and move on.

"There's no offers at the moment, I'm not really concentrating on that. We have four games now and obviously playing in England, it's a bit of a shop window and we will go from there.

"International football has been a release for me. I've been very, very fortunate to play so many games and if I play Wednesday, and hopefully play well, then we'll see what happens."

The boyhood Aston Villa man is pleased to be reunited with his old defensive colleague Richard Dunne this week with the pair remarking on how their partnership has been split up since Euro 2012 due to injury.

"I thought being out for five months was bad," said St Ledger. "I can only imagine what he's gone through. He said to me that it's strange that both of us haven't played a lot from the Euros.

"Whether it's a case of going from the season straight into the Euros, and not having much of a break, maybe that was the reason why."

Irish Independent

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