Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
Departing Leeds United midfielder Jonny Howson says he is leaving the club he loves after signing for Premier League side Norwich City.
Howson has put pen to paper on a three and a half year deal after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for the player last week.
This season`s club captain says the lure of Premier League football was what persuaded him to leave the club he has supported since childhood.
Howson explained his reasons for leaving Elland Road when he spoke on LUTV on the Leeds official website, when he said, "The reason is Premier League. I am going to a good club with good support, but at the same time, I know I am leaving a club I`ve loved from being such a young boy. That`s not going to change. The hardest thing was leaving somewhere I have been from six or seven years of age, and it`s been hard."
The 23 year old came through the Leeds academy system and he made his debut as an 18 year old in the Carling Cup tie with Barnet in 2006.
Howson went on to become the youngest captain of Leeds since Billy Bremner in 2008 and he helped Leeds win promotion from League One in 2010.
Leeds fans will best remember Howson for three things. His two goals against Carlisle United in the League One play off semi-final in 2008 helped Leeds secure a place in the final.
His equalising goal in the 2-1 final day win over Bristol Rovers, which helped Leeds gain promotion on a rollercoaster day.
Finally, it was his superb long ball from defence, which set up Jermaine Beckford for the only goal of the game in Leeds never to be forgotten 1-0 win at Manchester United in the FA Cup in 2010.
Howson made 228 appearances in total for the first team scoring 27 goals.
For the full interview go to the official website
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Date:Tuesday January 24 2012
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