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FOOTBALL: Joachim's regret at leaving City.



STRIKER Julian Joachim Julian Jostin Joachim (born 20 September, 1974 in Peterborough) is an English professional football player who currently plays as a striker for Darlington. Career
Joachim came through the youth system at Leicester City before being sold to Aston Villa in 1996 for £1.
 has left Coventry City for Leeds after passing a medical.

The 29-year-old will officially sign a two-year contract on July 1 after turning down the offer of a new contract at Coventry City.

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 my previous ankle and hamstring injuries," said Joachim, who joins Leeds on a free transfer.

"Obviously I am sorry to be leaving Coventry but unfortunately that is just the way it is."

Joachim, who was earning pounds 12,000 a week at Highfield Road, denied that he was making extravagant demands to stay at the club, adding: "I have had to take a significant pay cut to come to Leeds just as I would if I had stayed at Coventry.

"But I was never asking the earth at Coventry. What I was offered was not quite what I wanted but it wasn't that far away.

"So I don't know if it was about the money in the end or whether the club just didn't really want me."

The former Leicester City and Aston Villa forward, who is believed to have signed a deal worth pounds 5,000 a week plus bonuses for goals, is relishing his move to relegated Leeds and getting his career on an even keel keel

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 after a difficult time with injury.

"It is a fresh start and I am really looking forward to it," he said.

"It's a big club and obviously having just come out of the Premiership I think Leeds will have a great chance of getting straight back up.

"I know they have got financial problems and have got to cut the wage bill but if they can keep hold of some of the better players we should be in with a great chance."

Joachim, who has lived in Leicestershire for most of his professional career revealed he will uproot his family and move to Leeds.

Leeds boss Kevin Blackwell Kevin Patrick Blackwell (born 21 December 1958) is an English former professional football goalkeeper. He is currently the manager of Luton Town. Early career
Blackwell was born in Luton and began his football career as an apprentice at Cambridge United, with Ron
, meanwhile, is delighted to have added Joachim to his squad.

"He is a proven scorer in the First Division and offers us something we have not had for a while - lightning-quick pace," he said.

"I spoke to Eric Black Eric Black (born 1 October, 1963 in Bellshill, Lanarkshire) is a former professional football player who played for Aberdeen and Metz. He played in attack. He won 2 international caps for Scotland.  about him and he said Julian was one of the reasons Coventry did as well as they did last season.

"He had a strong finish to the season and we will just be happy for him to carry on where he left off."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 15, 2004
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