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McCormack confident Leeds can reach Premier League

The striker was the subject of a failed deadline day bid from Cardiff City amid uncertainty over Brian McDermott's future after Massimo Cellino's takeover.

Ross McCormack is determined to put a dark week in Leeds United's history firmly behind him and lead the club's charge to the playoffs as he seeks promotion to the promise land of the Premier League.

Cardiff City came in on deadline day for McCormack in an attempt to capitalise on the confusion and utter chaos that ensued at Elland Road after Italian tycoon Massimo Cellino's takeover and the decision to displace and then reinstate manager Brian McDermott.

The breakdown in discussions between current owners Gulf Finance House and the local entrepreneur Andrew Flowers led to Cellino's purchase of the club, proving unpopular with the club's fanbase and morale was only boosted by a weekend 5-1 thrashing of local rivals Huddersfield, when McCormack netted a hat-trick.

Now McCormack is concentrating efforts on the future and the club's new captain and top scorer has no regrets over the inability to secure a deadline day switch and skip a corner en route to the top flight.

"It’s ifs, buts and maybes if the manager goes or doesn’t go," he told The Daily Mail, when quizzed on Cardiff's bid.

"Even if I said I wanted to leave right now I can’t because the window’s closed. But that’s not the case. I’ve got three-and-a-half years left on my contract and I believe that within that time we can get this club back in the Premier League.

"If I’d wanted to, I could probably have tried to force through a move on Friday night but that was never in my thoughts. I love being at this club, especially being captain I’m very privileged."

Either way, McCormack wants the mess that has engulfed the club sorted quickly so Leeds can get a campaign which has promised so much back on track having faded away from the playoff picture in the last month.

"It’s imperative we get the ownership of the club sorted straightaway," he added. "Then we, as players and management staff, can move forward and get the club over the line and back into the big-time.

"You’ve got Mr Cellino trying to buy it. But this is one of the best supported clubs in the country and I don’t understand why there aren’t more people looking to buy it."

image: © Jarrett Campbell

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