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LUFC Clayton - I wanted to play where I was wanted

Former Leeds United midfielder Adam Clayton says he wanted to play somewhere where he was wanted after leaving Leeds for Huddersfield Town today.

Clayton signed for his former boss Simon Grayson on a three-year deal, after being placed on the transfer list by Leeds boss Neil Warnock at the end of last season.

The 23 year old says he doesn`t have anything against Warnock following his decision to allow him to go and he is just glad to be somewhere were he feels he will be wanted. Speaking on Radio Leeds, Clayton said, "It was a case of, if you`re not wanted somewhere then you don`t really want to stay there. When you are wanted somewhere else, then it is a nice feeling.

"I have nothing against the manager Neil Warnock or Leeds. I had an unbelievable time there. I was not part of his plans, he had his own ideas, and that is how he thinks the club will move forward.

"It was just a case of me wanted to be somewhere where I was wanted. I was wanted at the start of last season but wasn`t wanted at the end of it.

"I am just delighted I have found a team that are ambitious and have the same aspirations that I have. I think we will complement each other and move forward quite well.

"It was a massive disappointment at the end of last season. I had a good seasonally personally and I didn`t expect it. It was a decision the manager made and I am sad to leave."


Clayton was placed on the transfer list after failing to agree a new deal at Elland Road with just twelve months of his contract remaining.

The midfielder had enjoyed his breakthrough season at Leeds after impressing in pre-season, after a slow start to his Leeds career the previous season.

Clayton joined Leeds in August 2010 from Manchester City on a three-year deal after initially joining on loan.

In his first season with Leeds, he made just four substitute appearances before spending most of the season on loan with Peterborough United and MK Dons, both in League One.

Clayton made his first start for the club in the opening game of last season at Southampton and despite a disappointing performance by the side in a 3-1 defeat, Clayton stood out in the Leeds midfield.

He continued to impress in the early weeks of the season and he scored his first goal in Leeds colours with an injury time equaliser in the 2-2 draw at West Ham in front of the live TV cameras.

Clayton stood out against a West Ham midfield that included Mark Noble, Kevin Nolan and Scott Parker and he was awarded the man of the match award.

He continued to win the plaudits of fans and pundits and his goal in the 1-0 win at Leicester City in November won the clubs goal of the season.

The goal at Leicester proved to be the final highlight of his season as his form dipped dramatically after Christmas. Having chipped in with five goals by the Nottingham Forest game later that month, he scored just one more goal all season in the win over Doncaster Rovers in February.

Clayton missed just four games in the whole of last season, making 46 appearances.

The midfielder is the first of the six players transfer listed by Neil Warnock at the end of last season to find a new club this summer.


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Date:Friday July 6 2012

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