Nicky Ajose was loaned to Crewe Alexandra on Thursday, giving him a chance to play his first football since August.
He had been sidelined since August after the manager who signed him in the summer, Dave Hockaday, was sacked.
Upon joining for Crewe yesterday, Ajose told how he had been looking for a way out for a while, having been spending his Saturday afternoons on the training pitch, adding he was just looking forward to 'getting back to his job'.
Leeds manager Neil Redfearn was quizzed on his departure at his press conference on Thursday, and why he didn't see fit to give him a chance.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: "With the players we had, the attacking players we've got, the majority lend towards a certain way of playing, a certain system, and he was in the minority, and that's no disrespect to Nicky, but he found it tough.
"I think he found being out of the picture tough - but his attitude were good - but we've been honest with these lads, we haven't lied to them, we've explained things, where we felt they are and what they need to do. Good luck to him as he pursues his career elsewhere."
Ajose was one of the few players capable of playing out on the wing, and with both Neil Redfearn and Darko Milanic deciding to play narrow systems, there was little need for him.
He could have been used as a plan B, but Redfearn appeared to decide quickly he was not a talent who he felt was capable of influencing games, and subsequently his team selection.