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LUFC Defender ready for challenge

Leeds United defender Alex Bruce is ready to stake his claim for a regular place in the Leeds side by working hard during pre season.

The players returned last Friday after their summer breaks and Bruce admitted on the official website, "It`s been a very tough week. I`d go as far as saying it`s been one of the toughest I`ve ever had in terms of running."

The defender joined Leeds last summer from Ipswich Town and was in and out of the side during his first season, eventually making twenty-four appearances in total.

Bruce enjoyed his best spell in the side at the turn of the year and put in an accomplished performance, in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal in the FA Cup.

The 26 year old is now ready to put himself at the forefront of manager Simon Grayson`s thoughts by performing during pre season. "Hopefully I can be more consistent in the starting eleven and I will do my best to keep my place.
"I`m very determined. No player wants to work Monday to Friday and not play on a Saturday. You work hard in pre season to stake your claim for the first game of the season and that`s my aim," he continued.

He made his last appearance of the season in the disappointing 3-0 defeat at Swansea City at the end of February.

Leigh Bromby replaced Bruce in the side, who in turn was replaced by Richard Naylor as boss Simon Grayson struggled to find a solid performing duo in the centre of defence.

Despite finishing in seventh place last season, Leeds conceded seventy goals, one of the worst defensive records in the championship.




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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday July 9 2011

Time: 8:00AM

Your Comments

Looked ok when alongside O'Brien but often got caught under the ball. Seemed to be made the scapegoat for the bad defeat at Swansea, I'd have dropped the lot of em after that performance
dazza71
He gets caught in two minds too often for me and gives forwards free headers and shots. He has to produce his best form all the time to be good enough. I just hope Lees pushes him pre season as we need new blood in the defence.
ERNI
Not good enough, should be used as a sub if were serious about promotion.
vitalwhite
was twitchy in defence with Kasper between sticks (who he grew up with while their dads were off winning trophys) so how bad will he be when we get someone new in ??
simonfire1
 

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