Outcast Leeds forward 'not looking to leave'

Elland Road pitchside

Steve Morison is disappointed to have been labeled with the tag of someone looking to leave Leeds United.

The former Norwich and Millwall forward has played just 17 times since moving to Elland Road in January 2013, spending the entirety of last season with Millwall.

He has made two appearances as a substitute this season, including a 10 minute cameo in the Whites most recent game - his first action under new head coach Darko Milanic.

He returned to Yorkshire over the summer, and still has two years left on his contract, but the Welsh international was linked with a move away from Leeds over the summer, with a number of clubs looking to take his talents on loan.

However, he remained with the club, but he has been brandished with the label of ‘looking to leave’ due to the interest in him. With the little action under his belt, many Whites fans believe he shows little in the way of respect for the club, and it has been suggested that he cannot be bothered to try and break into the first-team.

Yet, speaking to the official Leeds website, Morison refuted these claims, whilst outlining his plans to be a success at Elland Road.

The 31-year-old said: “Everyone is entitled to their option at the end of the day and I seem to have been tarnished with this tag of someone who doesn’t want to be here.

“I’m not sure where that has come from. “I’ve been linked to go out on loan to this place and leave to this place but that just isn’t the case. I haven’t spoken to anyone and I haven’t looked to leave.

“I’m not looking to leave.

“I’ve got another year after this season and I want to be here and be successful.”

One reason for his lack of game time this season is the injury suffered at the start of the campaign, which ruled him out for a number of weeks. Having spent the entire summer working back to full fitness, he was disappointed to be hampered by injury once again.

“At the end of the day I am a football player,” added the forward.

“I joined here 18 months ago which you wouldn’t believe because it feels like I have only just turned up.

“It was horrendous for the first 13 games or whatever it was. I had a couple of good games where I scored a few goals but looking back I should have taken myself out of the limelight and got myself fit.

“I didn’t do that and made a bad decision and that has hindered me ever since. I had a very average season at Millwall last year.

“But I have spent the summer getting myself fit and to be honest I thought that I was firing on all cylinders in pre-season. I thought that I was doing really well but then I got the set-back.

“I’m back now and I feel like I’m back to where I was two years ago. I feel like I am ready.”

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