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Belgian defender reveals how his Leeds transfer was cancelled after Hockaday sacking

Belgian centre back Frederic Frans has revealed how he poised to join Leeds in August, but the sacking of David Hockaday scuppered the move.

With Massimo Cellino now calling the shots at Leeds United, it was never going to be dull. The Italian had a reputation for sacking managers during his time in charge of Cagliari, and his first appointment at Elland Road lasted just 70 days, with David Hockaday found desperately out of his depth in the Championship.

Cellino used his contacts in Italy to bring in a host of players, including Marco Silvestri, Gaetano Berardi, Dario del Fabro, Giuseppe Bellusci, Tommaso Bianchi, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara, but one player from Belgium has revealed how he came close to joining Leeds in August.

Centre back Frederic Frans left Lierse this summer after an eight-year association with the club, and admitted that he was poised to sign for Leeds before Cellino chose to sack Hockaday.

"Well, I trained there for two weeks, it was with Hockaday," said Frans. "Before I came there, Cellino said 'If Hockaday likes you, we are going to sign you', and that happened. I did well in the two games, and they were going to sign me but then they sacked Hockaday, so I went back to Belgium."

Frans, 25, was speaking today after joining Scottish side Partick Thistle, but said he doesn't think he dodged a bullet with Leeds despite the occasional chaos under Cellino's ownership.

"No, of course it's a big club, but to be fair, the club I'm at now is also brilliant for me. Maybe it's a sign, I'm very happy here, it will be a good challenge," added the former Belgian youth international.

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