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Leeds teenager Lewis Walters talks potential debut and Neil Redfearn

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Leeds United youngster Lewis Walters has his eye on a first team debut.

Leeds United youngster Lewis Walters is pushing for a first team place after returning from injury.

The promising forward played a role in pre-season before injuring his knee, and has only just returned.

The 19-year-old was part of the first team squad against Millwall at the weekend although did not make the bench, and he started in Tuesday's under-21 game at Elland Road against Sheffield Wednesday.

Walters played out on the left wing, which has been a problem position for the club in recent months.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds after the game, Walters said he was keen to emulate former academy colleagues Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook who have established themselves as regulars this season.

He said: "I hope when I get my chance I can do exactly the same. He's (Redfearn) told me to keep going, keep doing what I'm doing and it (my debut) should hopefully come.

"I just need to get my fitness up. I'm definitely ready to take it (my chance), I've been waiting a long time."

On the subject of Redfearn, Walters said he was delighted to see his academy boss get the head coaching role on a permanent basis.

"I was very pleased. He knows me better than anyone at the club. He's been my coach all the way up. He knows me and that's why he's giving me this opportunity, putting me in the squad, giving me that bit of self belief again."

Walters added that he was more than comfortable playing out on the wing, but the role placed more demands on him physically hence the need to get his fitness up.

If fortunate he may get a place on the bench this weekend against Middlesbrough but games against Brighton or Watford later this month may be more realistic targets.

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