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LUFC Lees hoping to impress in pre season

Young Leeds United defender Tom Lees is looking to push himself into the plans of boss Simon Grayson after enjoying a season long loan at Accrington Stanley last season.

Speaking in the Lancashire Telegraph, Lees said, "I`m going to go back to Leeds, get my head down and get into good shape.

"Obviously that`s my main priority, trying to get in there. I`ve been there since I was a young lad, so that`s something I want to do and that`s my first target.

The central defender enjoyed a very successful spell with the League Two side making 45 appearances in an unfamiliar role of right back, Stanley boss John Coleman was so impressed with the youngsters performances and described him as 'the best left back in League Two`.

Lees had been loan out to Stanley to gain some first team experience and Grayson was impressed with the youngster`s contribution and offered him a two-year extension to his contract keeping him at Elland Road until 2012.

Lees hasn`t ruled out a return to Stanley next season if first team opportunities do not come his way at Elland Road, continuing he said, "I owe them a lot because they let me play, and playing those games probably got me the contract.

"I really enjoyed it. The fans made me feel really welcome and everyone was great."

The 19 year old is still to make his first team debut for Leeds and realises that first team opportunities are going to be even harder to come by following the clubs promotion back to the Championship.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 7 2010

Time: 4:38PM

Your Comments

He got great reviews at Stanley and it would be good to see another home bred RB come into the first team.
erni
Its always good to see some home grown talent get into the first team, unfortunately they get less and less over the years.
dazza71
SWith us they have got less and less as more and more have defected to 'bigger' clubs for more money and opportunity to play at a higher level. We lost 4 15 year olds last summer and rumour is 2 will go this summer rather than sign pro deals with Leeds.
erni
Lets hope S G gives him a fair crack of the whip
Tiny T
About time we brought one of the youngsters through.
king billy
 

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