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LUFC Former favourite to return to Elland Road?

Leeds United are lining up a deal to bring former Leeds United defender Ian Harte back to the club according to reports on SkySports.com.

With Leeds back in the Championship, the lure of playing in a higher division and at one of his former clubs where he enjoyed so much personal success, might tempt him to rejoin the Elland Road club.

Harte has enjoyed a highly successful season at League One side Carlisle United, scoring 18 goals from defence and earning a place amongst the PFA League One team of the year.

The defender started his career at Elland Road and spent nine seasons with the club making 286 appearances and scoring 38 goals.

He was part of the side managed by David O`Leary who twice went close to European glory, before being knocked out at the semi final stages of both the UEFA Cup and Champions League.

He was best remembered for his trademark free kicks and scored a number crucial goals for the club.

Harte joined Spanish club Levante after the sides relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2003/04 season.

After three years in Spain he returned to England and had brief spells at Sunderland and Blackpool before signing for Carlisle.

The 32 year old who has won 64 appearances for the Republic of Ireland, still has one year to run on his current contract at Brunton Park.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 14 2010

Time: 8:38PM

Your Comments

Never rated him in his prime, was ok going forward but lacked pace in defence and often had to rely on Woody, Rio, Lucas or Matteo bailing him out.
dazza71
Fantastic on a dead ball but very very shaky when ball is moving - being hailed as a messiah at Carslisle due to his goals but leaked more than he scored by look of things
simonfire1
Suprised at this especially since we had the chance to sign him before the start of last season
Tiny T
If he is that good why didnt we sign him at the start of the seaon for a free when he was training with us to try and get a deal. From what I have seen his defending is going backwards and he is playing a combination of CH and defensive midfielder to compenate for his lack of pace.
erni
I hope this is the caliber of player your looking for because there will only be one outcome.Relegation back to the 3rd division!
BigBadBobbyC 9
Should have went with the youth of Sheehan rather than bringing Harte in at left back.
Only-Sleggin
I've great memories of Harte in our Champions League days, but that was 8 years ago and he was slow then. Please let this be just paper talk. I trust Larry enough to believe that it is....
AmsterdamWhite
Same here amsterdam, i remember he could be dodgy in the prem but we talking championship now.But on the other hand why did we not sign him before?
BazzaLUFC
qpr were intrested early on according to sky sports
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