Former Leeds defender Tom Lees reveals what made him join Sheffield Wednesday

The central defender has been in great form for Sheffield Wednesday this season.

There was plenty of changes at Leeds United this summer, with England under-21 defender Tom Lees' departure perhaps the most surprising of exits from Elland Road.

The Leeds-raised 24-year-old centre-back departed for Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in August for an undisclosed fee. Now, he has been speaking to the Yorkshire Post about just why he decided to join Wednesday in the summer.

He said that manager Stuart Gray was pivotal in his decision to join The Owls:

"I thought Wednesday had the chance to do something positive this season, when I signed, because I watch a lot of football and noticed how well they did the second half of last season.

“Stuart came in and totally turned the team around. They are unrecognisable from the Wednesday which people have seen before.

“Coming to Wednesday I wasn’t thinking I was coming to get in a relegation battle, I was positive if we played to our full potential - with maybe a couple of additions - that we could have a good season and maybe surprise a few people.

“One of the big draws coming to Wednesday in the summer was to work with Stuart (Gray). I spoke to a lot of people about him, and they were all positive."

It has certainly proved to be a good decision from Lees. He has been in exceptional form as Wednesday currently sit in ninth place in the Championship table, in the hunt for the play-offs.

His excellent form has even seen him linked with a move to the Premier League. Gus Poyet reportedly wanted to take him to Sunderland in a £3 million deal, according to a report in The Mirror last week.

Meanwhile Leeds are hovering just above the relegation zone. Lees certainly made the right decision.

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