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LUFC White - I didn't want to leave

Leeds United defender Aidy White says it is fantastic to have finally sorted out his future at the club.

The 20 year old committed his future to Leeds when he signed a new three-year deal on Saturday morning.

The versatile player has come through the ranks at Leeds and speaking on the official website said he never wanted to leave, 'It's fantastic to get everything sorted. I've been at the club since I was eight and I didn't want to leave. I came back in pre-season wanting to stay.

I spoke to the manager who said he wanted me to stay and that we would try and get things done this week. That was a real positive and I'm looking to crack on for the season now."


White looked to be on his way out of Elland Road this summer after failing to agree a new deal with Leeds at the end of last season.

The Republic of Ireland under 21 international was out of contract at the end of June and he was linked with a whole host of clubs during the summer in England, Scotland, Germany and France.

White returned to pre-season training with Leeds with the rest of the squad on July 11th and Leeds boss Neil Warnock was unsure of White`s future at the time.

Warnock spoke with White about his future and after talks with the player and his representatives a new deal was sorted that pleased all parties.

White was a regular in the side last season making 39 appearances. The versatile player started last season at left-back and was also used on the left wing under former boss Simon Grayson.

Following the arrival of Warnock towards the end of February, White was played on the right wing and White says the Leeds boss wants him to play in an attacking role next season. "I've spoken with the gaffer about how he sees things position-wise and I think he sees that attacking role, but also that I can play full back if needed.

He's said to me to try and make an impact and that's what I'm looking to do. He'd talked about me being a part of his plans which was great and I don't think it was ever a case of him wanting me to go. He has a great record as a manager and hopefully he can take us into the Premiership.

Having been here such a long time, the aim is to do well here and for us to get to the Premiership. The gaffer has the experience, the squad he is building is more than capable, and hopefully it will be an exciting season,'
added White.

White joins fellow youngster Tom Lees in signing a new deal at Elland Road this summer.

Veteran midfielder Michael Brown is also expected to agree a new deal with the club from the beginning of August.

Ross McCormack and Robert Snodgrass are yet to agree new deals with the club and both are moving into the final twelve months of their current deals.

The pair continue to be linked with moves away from Elland Road, with Leeds already turning down an offer from Norwich City for Snodgrass in the last seven days. The Premier League side are believed to have come back with an improved offer in excess of 2 million to test the Leeds resolve.

Warnock admitted last week that five clubs have already enquired about McCormack who finished last season as the clubs leading goalscorer with 19 goals.

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Date:Sunday July 22 2012

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