Ex-Leeds star Stephen Warnock identifies ‘new experience’ to achieve with Derby County

Stephen Warnock

Warnock has yet to achieve one thing in the Championship.

Having played with Leeds during their mid-table years, Warnock has told the Burton Mail that he wants to get into the play-offs with Derby County.

“The play-offs would be a new experience for me,” the left-back said. “Leeds were having a tough time when I was there, so I'm seeing a different side to this league now and I'm enjoying it.”

The 33-year-old former Liverpool man signed to Derby in the January transfer window, but has endured an unfortunate time to the start of his Rams career.

He has largely been restricted to the side-lines as Steve McClaren’s men have seen their title chase falter, and although he is hoping to experience the play-offs, when he first arrived Derby looked well-set to secure automatic promotion.

Undoubtedly he is still in a better situation than that being experienced by Leeds, with the play-offs looking likely, and at the age of 33 he still has a few more years left in him to get back to the top flight - having experienced it with Liverpool, Blackburn and Aston Villa.

The Whites are currently sitting 14th in the Championship table, well safe from relegation but with no chance of getting into the play-offs. Neil Redfearn let Warnock depart in January, despite him being arguably the best player of the season up to that point, but has managed to build a top level team since then utilising the Leeds academy resources.

Warnock may still miss out on a place in the play-offs this term with Derby, and it would not be a stretch to see Leeds fight for those top positions next term.

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