Leeds United manager Neil Warnock has already begun the process of rebuilding for next season after securing the signing of Portsmouth defender Jason Pearce.

The defender moved to Fratton Park in the summer for £500,000, but he has now secured the move away from the relegated club to Leeds United for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old has been one of the impressive performance in the Championship this far. Neil Warnock has wasted no time in securing his services by immediately signing from even before the end of the first leg play-offs. Leeds United failed to make it into the play-offs despite having a strong squad and the arrival of Neil Warnock.

Following the failure of the club this season, Neil Warnock said that he will be overseeing a massive rebuilding job in the summer in order to make the club competitive next season. Leeds were hoping to get promoted this season, but finished in the 14th position.

Portsmouth have been relegated from the Championship after going into administration for the second time in a matter of few years. Hence, they were deducted 10 points, which largely contributed to the relegation. Jason Pearce was a crucial member of the Portsmouth scored and he made 44 appearances during this season.

"He's just the type I look for when I go into a club at Championship level. He fits the bill for everything - hunger, ability and so on. A lot of plusses. I tried to get him in March when I first came here but couldn't quite do it. I think he epitomises what I'm looking for in a player. He's got hunger and enthusiasm. I feel disappointed for the situation Portsmouth are in at the moment, but they'll come through it," Neil Warnock said after announcing the signing of Jason Pierce.