Leeds United teenager Chris Dawson knows he has a big season ahead next campaign.
Leeds United prospect Chris Dawson has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he nearly moved out on loan earlier in the season.
The 20-year-old is on the fringes of the first team, but is yet to really make the breakthrough despite making two substitute appearances earlier in the season.
Dawson said: "There were a couple of loan moves, but they fell through for various reasons and I am still here now, enjoying football. Redders has not really said what I need to do and improve on, but I know what I need to and will keep working on it and we’ll see what happens."
It's little surprise there has been interest in Dawson, for he is a player capped previously by the Welsh under-21 side.
He impressed for Leeds' under-21s earlier in the week against Brentford, outshining Adryan as the game wore on with a lively performance.
His ability is even often cited by fans opposed to signing Adryan permanently, arguing that a local Dewsbury-born lad should be given a chance, rather than paying money for a possibly over-hyped Brazilian who may be no better.
Part of the reason Dawson's loan moves fell through may have been affected by a minor injury suffered early in 2015, while Redfearn has previously stated to the YEP the attacker is close and just needs to keep persevering.
One challenge he faces is to bulk up, for Dawson has a slight frame and in a division like the Championship that can be a drawback. Redfearn has previously spoken of the need to be physical to scrap their way to promotion and Dawson needs to convince him he can deal with the rigours of the league on a regular basis.
The attacking midfielder knows however that he is due a big year in 2015/16, and it sounds as though he is piling big pressure on himself to make the jump.
He said: "Next season is massive. I am going to be 21 then, so I need to improve a lot more than I am now. Hopefully, I will be. I have spoken to Redders a few times and the conversations we have had will hopefully see me involved next year a lot more.”