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Recently released Leeds midfielder suggests political reasons were behind his exit

Leeds United let David Norris go on a free last month and the central midfielder has suggested that his exit wasn't down to his ability.

Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris has suggested that his exit from the club was down to political reasons. 

Norris was released by Leeds at the end of the January transfer window after being deemed surplus to requirements, and the experienced campaigner feels that off-the-field matters had a part to play in his departure.

Norris has now signed for Peterborough United on a short-term contract until the end of the season and he revealed in Posh's official programme the reasons why he left Elland Road. 

"I had an injury last season at Leeds, which kept me from playing much as I was trying to get that sorted," he said in Peterborough United's programme. "This season I wasn't going to be involved at Leeds, maybe a little more political than on merit. There is a lot going on behind the scenes at Leeds so I felt I needed to get away to play games."

Norris had made just two appearances in 18 months before leaving Leeds, but he clearly feels that was not entirely down to his ability.

Although the 33-year-old is reaching the twilight of his career, he felt he still had something to offer the Whites and he will now be looking to prove that at Peterborough.

So far Norris has been used sparingly at Posh, with most of his first-team chances coming as a substitute. 

The likes of Jack Payne, Michael Bostwick and Harry Beautyman all appear ahead of Norris in the selection order at the ABAX Stadium and he will be determined to change this before the end of the campaign, otherwise his chances of having his contract extended at the League One club look slim. 

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