Ian Westlake

Ian Westlake

Ian John Westlake (born 10 July, 1983 in Clacton) is an English professional footballer currently playing for League One side Leeds United.

He was a trainee at Ipswich Town and signed as a professional in 2002. He won the coveted Player of the Year award in 2004. He moved to Leeds United in a part exchange deal for Dan Harding in August 2006. Westlake had featured in many of Leeds' matches in the 2006-07 Championship season, playing alongside the likes of Shaun Derry, Kevin Nicholls and Jonathan Douglas in central midfield.

Westlake admitted he was frustated at being sidelined with a groin injury and wanted to help the club avoid relegation. However, Leeds were relegated in May 2007.

On the 3 March 2008, it was revealed that Westlake had agreed an initial one-month loan deal at League One play-off rivals Brighton & Hove Albion.

On the 3 April 2008, Westlake, Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion agreed that the player would remain on loan at the Withdean for the remainder of the 2007/08 season. Leeds are now trying to offload Westlake as he is deemed surplus to requirements at Elland Road. Brighton is his likely destination.

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