Leeds United's two first choice strikers both admit they almost quit the club

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Leeds United strikers Steve Morison and Billy Sharp both have admitted to coming close to quitting the club.

Leeds United are not short of striker options, even if none of their frontmen have reached double figures yet this season.

Billy Sharp and Steve Morison have both emerged as head coach Neil Redfearn's top choices for the position, with the former filling in for the latter when he was injured recently.

Both strikers have however revealed in the past 24 hours that they strongly considered quitting the club earlier this season.

Sharp told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he considered a move to tonight's opponents Ipswich Town, and admits if it wasn't for the Tractor Boys already having quality up front, he may have made the switch.

He said: "It could easily have happened and it would have been a good move. But I said no because I felt that Ipswich had two strikers bang in form. There was no guarantee of playing.

“If a team had said ‘look, you’re going to play 10 games on the spin for us’ then I’d probably have gone because I enjoy playing football.

"I always wanted to play for this club. I’m just not happy with how much I’m playing. That’s the puzzle for me."

Sharp could be in luck however, as after his goal against Watford on Saturday, head coach Neil Redfearn suggested he would keep his place, telling BBC Radio Leeds anybody who scores goals will stay in the side.

This could negatively impact Steve Morison against Ipswich, who had been struggling with injury but is now available.

Morison is just glad to be of use to Redfearn, having been frustrated under previous managers at the club. He too has been talking about his time earlier in the season.

The Sun report that he considered an exit, with Morison telling the paper: "All I wanted was a chance, but it took Neil’s appointment to give me that opportunity. It was so frustrating seeing us lose or draw, thinking ‘surely I have a chance of being involved now?’ But I wasn’t.

“I had to stay positive and play a waiting game “Now the wait is paying off, and it’s simply amazing how things have changed."

Redfearn's faith in Morison and Sharp has been negative for Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara, while loan signing Edgar Cani is yet to have any kind of impact.

Antenucci, the club's top scorer, has dropped to third choice seemingly, but it could so easily have been different had Sharp had a different offer on the table and Redfearn not shown such unrelenting faith in Morison despite his lack of goals.

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