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Alex Purver says he wants to break into Leeds United's first-team next season

Another promising youngster has his eye on the Leeds United senior squad.

Leeds United player Alex Purver has been speaking to the club’s official website about his hopes for next season.

The 19-year-old midfielder recently signed a new deal at Elland Road, as so many of his fellow academy products have done this summer, and he now has his sights fixed firmly on impressing manager Uwe Rosler.

When asked what his ambition was ahead of the new campaign, Purver told Leedsunited.com, “To break into the first-team squad.”

Short, sweet and to be expected for a player who has impressed at under-21 level and who has seen a number of young players impress for Leeds’ senior side in the last year.

Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor all became integral parts of former manager Neil Redfearn’s squad last season and now the next batch are already knocking on the door.

Purver is the current under-21 captain and that experience will stand him in good stead for the challenges to come.

After training with the first-team, the next step is to ensure he gets a chance or two in the opening months of the campaign, and from there, anything is possible.

“It’s just about working hard and kicking on to make next season even better,” Purver said.

In truth he will find it hard to make the same kind of impact as Cook and Mowatt in the short-term, given their presence in the Leeds squad and the fact that Rosler is likely to bring in more new faces this summer. But Purver can take inspiration from what has gone before and even a few minutes here and there will be a huge step in the right direction.

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