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If McDermott signs his former captain Leeds United are serious promotion candidates

If Matt Mills makes the move to Leeds United from Bolton Wanderers it would be an excellent acquisition.

We called it in April; but then again anyone with half a brain and a slight knowledge of recent players in the Football League could have put two and two together and come up with Matt Mills to Leeds United.

Brian McDermott is looking to take Leeds back to the Premier League next season; and the guy has a pretty decent track record when it comes to completing that task.

Before his doomed campaign in the Premier League with Reading he had led Reading close one year and then topped the table the year after.

In the first campaign McDermott handed the responsibility of captaincy to Mills and he was a stand-out performer in their play-off final campaign.

That form saw him snapped up by Leicester City, his hometown club, in the summer. But he fell out with Nigel Pearson and was flogged to Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2012.

He has suffered with injuries this term and has barely featured for The Trotters so is set to make a move this summer - as Bolton look to get his wages off the bill.

On Friday it was confirmed that Bolton had received an enquiry over the availability of the player; with manager Dougie Freedman suggesting it would be down to the player if he wants to leave the club.

It could be the perfect move for the 27-year-old to have a fresh start under a manager who arguably got the best form of his career out of him; form that earned him a £5 million transfer.

For Leeds it would also be the perfect signing. Currently the club is short on central defensive options and a player of Mills’ calibre is certainly capable of playing in the Premier League.

If he was to arrive and McDermott bring the best out of him once again the club could be on the path to a potential promotion push; back to the Premier League where they belong.

Signing Mills and keeping him fit could in the end be pivotal in the Leeds United promotion dream.

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