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Leeds United summer 2013 target Tommy Rowe has been released just one year on from Peterborough United director Barry Fry suggesting the Yorkshire club couldn't afford to sign him.

Brian McDermott, last summer, chased Peterborough United captain Tommy Rowe following Posh's relegation from the Championship into League One but unfortunately came away empty handed. 

In June last season, Barry Fry admitted to holding talks with Leeds United manager Brian McDermott but was adamant that under Ken Bates the club couldn't afford him.

'I've had Brian McDermott on the phone about Tommy and I've also spoken to their chairman Ken Bates and their chief executive Shaun Harvey, but Leeds just don't have the money,' said Fry in June 2013.

Nevertheless, the chairman was resigned to losing the club's captain as the player made it clear he had no interest in signing a new deal.

He added at the time: 'We're sorry to be losing Tommy, but he's made it clear to us that we could offer him £20,000-per-week and he still wouldn't sign a new deal.

'That's not to say he won't be here next season [2013/2014 season]  because we won't give him away. And if Tommy is here we know we will continue to get 100 per cent from him as he's a terrific lad.'

True to his word, the wantaway posh captain stayed at London Road and played 43 times in his final season, scoring 9 goals in the process. He is now a free agent and will have his pick of the offers which come his way.

It remains to be seen whether Leeds United will be back in for the talented Posh defender, turned midfielder, but I would hazard a guess that a lot depends on McDermott's situation. 

If the former Reading manager is to remain in charge at Elland Road and Cellino is willing to let him sign his own men then I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Rowe turn up in a Leeds United shirt next season. 

Especially after another very good season, despite being in the division below. 

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