Tom Cairney, released by Leeds aged 16, hopes to prove point at Elland Road today

Elland Road East Stand

The Blackburn Rovers star was at Leeds until his release, aged 16.

Leeds United take on Blackburn Rovers this weekend, and that means facing a former player. Tom Cairney joined Leeds' academy at the age of seven and went on to stay at the club until the age of 16. In 2007 he was released because of his sleight build.

He went on to play for another Yorkshire side in Hull City. After five years there he moved on again, joining his current club Blackburn, initially on loan, in 2013.

That deal was made permanent in January of last year and he went on the win the fans player of the year award at Ewood Park - so he has done OK since leaving Leeds as a teen.

Now he faces off against the side at Elland Road, aiming to get one over on his former employers.

His most recent visit to Elland Road came on New Year's Day last year, where he was influential as Blackburn won 2-1.

Now he has revealed he hopes to do so again, saying he may adopt the same odd pre-match routine to ensure results.

He is quoted by Sky Sports as stating: "I felt like I had a point to prove as it was the first time I went back there in my career, my first start.

"It was New Year's Day and Chris Taylor kept me up a bit late New Year's Eve and wouldn't get out of my room for some reason!

"So I wasn't very happy but I might keep him in my room again Friday night, hopefully a bit of superstition."

Blackburn could not have picked a better time to head to Leeds. The club, who have recently been in good form and relatively drama free, have been thrown into turmoil again this week.

Nicola Salerno suspended assistant boss Steve Thompson on Thursday, with no formal reason yet given. Today it has emerged Leeds are the subject of a bid from Red Bull.

Cairney will certainly be hoping to take advantage, and show Leeds what they are missing.

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