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Andy Gray explains his return to Leeds United in 2012

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Former Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Sunderland striker Andy Gray explains his return to Leeds United in 2012.

Andy Gray has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that he returned to Leeds United in 2012 due to the presence of Neil Warnock as the team’s manager.

The former Scotland international striker developed at Leeds’ youth academy and played for the first team from 1995 to 1998.

Gray then moved to Nottingham Forest, and subsequently went on to play for the likes of Sheffield United, Sunderland and Burnley.

The Scot eventually returned to Leeds in 2012 after leaving Barnsley, and he has now revealed why he moved back to the West Yorkshire outfit.

“I came back years later when my contract ran out at Barnsley and Neil Warnock, who had me at Sheffield United, said he wanted someone with experience sat on the bench and I jumped at the chance to go back to Elland Road,” Gray told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I loved that period, even though I didn’t play a lot, although I made a few appearances off the bench.”

Gray hopes that Leeds return to the Premier League soon and said: “Everyone has been frustrated for so long now and it would be great to see us back in the Premier League. I’d love us to be back there.”

Top-six finish?

Leeds are one of the biggest clubs of England, but they have not played in the Premier League since 2004.

However, hope springs eternal. The Whites have made some good signing so far this summer, and they are looking like a team who can challenge for a top-six finish in the Championship next season.

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