Nicky Ajose has wasted little time finding a new club after being released by Leeds United, with the 23 year old moving to League One side Swindon Town on a three-year deal. Ajose made just four appearances for the Elland Road club last term and had a spell on loan at Crewe Alexandra.
The former Manchester United youngster spent part of the 2013-14 season on loan at the County Ground, scoring 10 goals in 21 appearances and becoming a firm fanfavourite. Mark Cooper's side finished eighth that season but have designs on a push for promotion to the Championship upon Ajose's return.
"I'm delighted," Cooper said, according to Sky Sports. "He, along with Wes Thomas, were the ones that, if there was any chance we could get them, we had to be patient. There were a lot of clubs after him and he had to get an agreement with Leeds to leave his contract. The thing with Nicky is that we know he's not a gamble; we know him, we know how professional he is and he's got a terrible habit of scoring goals for Swindon."
Having already struggled with Peterborough United in the second tier, failing to make an impact during three years at the club, he moved to Leeds in 2014 but his career continued on a downward trajectory. Amid several managerial changes, Ajose was never in favour and he made just three league starts, leading to his contract being terminated less than a month into the campaign.
"We would like to wish Nicky well for the future and thank him for his efforts during his time here," a club statement read. Ajose becomes the 13th player to leave West Yorkshire during another summer of upheaval at Leeds, but manager Uwe Rosler has been given license to bring in new players, hoping to be in contention for promotion following last term's flirtation with relegation.
Seven players have arrived on permanent deals this summer, the latest of which was DR Congo international Jordan Botoka, who arrives on a two-year deal from Excelsior after becoming the club's only deadline day signing. "I am very happy, it happened very fast," the winger admitted. "In two or three days everything was arranged, it was just crazy. I knew Leeds were a big club. I looked a few things up and I heard from other people. This is a new adventure for me."