Three Leeds United players who could relish a second chance

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Following on from claims that Steve Morison could be given a second chance at Leeds United next season, we take a look at who else could relish the same opportunity.

After the press conference with Massimo Cellino and David Hockaday, Phil Hay, a journalist from the Yorkshire Evening Post, tweeted that he expects former Millwall striker Steve Morison to play next season.

When a new manager, or head coach, comes in then players that were out of the picture under the old regime are usually given a clean slate to prove that they are capable of playing a part in the future of the football club. At Leeds United, although relatively tight-knit under McDermott, there are a few players that could relish a 'second chance saloon' under David Hockaday and may look to fight for a chance under the new management system.

We take a look at three players that could stick around and go on to play a big part in Leeds United's team next season:

Aidy White

The once highly-rated full-back has stagnated in his development in the past two seasons and spent a large part of last season either on the sidelines or out on loan.

At just 22 years of age, there is still time for White to progress into the player he once threatened to become under Simon Grayson in the early part of the 2011-12 season, and Hockaday should look at the full-back as someone with potential for next season.

Marius Zaliukas

The former Hearts captain was considered quite a coup when he signed for Leeds in the early part of last season and his early performances caught the eye of number of supporters that were glad to have him on board. However, after the horror show against Sheffield Wednesday, the Lithuanian defender went from hero to zero overnight and struggled win his place back in the Leeds United side.

The 30-year-old former Hearts player is definitely someone who Hockaday should try and work with as he could bring a wealth of experience and quality to the Leeds back-line that were last season guilty of shipping far too many goals via mistakes. 

Steve Morison

The former Millwall striker has had a really poor start to his career at Elland Road and the tag of being the man to replace Luciano Becchio hasn't at all played in his favour. Last season, the 30-year-old went back to his old stomping ground, Millwall, in order to find his old form, but could only manage a meagre eight goals in 42 appearances. 

According to Phil Hay, Dave Hockaday will attempt to unearth the Welsh diamond in the rough and hopefully spark him into the form that saw him hit 15 goals in 40 games at Millwall in 2011, just before his move to Premier League Norwich City.

An achievement, if done, could give Leeds United already one of the most potent front-lines in the division with Ross McCormack and Matt Smith alongside him. 

Nevertheless, all the players within the Leeds United squad are likely to face strong competition for places next season. Nicola Salerno, according to reports, is expected to undertake his role under Cellino at Leeds in the near future and could look to bring players over from Italy with him. A number of Cagliari players, along with other Serie A and B players, have been linked with moves to Elland Road, which does hint that there could be huge competition for a starting spot at Elland Road next season. 

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