Star speaks after Leeds exit: 'I knew I could have progressed'

Elland Road pitchside

Former Leeds United youngster Jason Mycoe has spoken on life after leaving the club.

Former Leeds United youngster Jason Mycoe has admitted that it’s been a difficult journey since he left Elland Road as an under-18 player.

Now captain of Harrogate Railway, he’s adamant that he could have made it at Leeds were it not for a bad injury, which ended his career with the Whites abruptly.

“It has been a rocky road since I left Leeds. I have had a few bad injuries which knocked my confidence massively,” he said in an interview with non-league Yorkshire.

“At the back end of playing for Leeds I knew could have progressed until I got a bad injury at the end of the season which took me out of the following season.”

Mycoe has cursed his luck, which left him in the unfortunate position of trying to get a contract in a very competitive Leeds United youth system while he was carrying an injury.

Leeds have one of the most competitive youth systems in the country, which has created a pathway into the first team for a number of contemporary youngster such as Lewis Cook.

“Trying to get a professional contract while you are injured at 18 and coming back at Christmas is a no-no. I was doing really up to when I was 15 or 16 because others caught me up.”

“I was probably physically ahead of quite a few, but others developed late on and overtook me. The injuries came at a bad time.”

Neil Redfearn was left purring over the Leeds youngsters currently at the club after the 6-0 win against Doncaster earlier this week, it’s just a shame that Mycoe wasn’t able to make more of his talents, which could have led to an opportunity to work with ‘Redders’.

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