Ian Harte explains why he is returning to Leeds United's Elland Road

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United legend Ian Harte says he will be back at Elland Road this season as a fan.

Leeds United legend Ian Harte has told of his intent to return to Elland Road this season.

Harte announced his retirement from football earlier today at the age of 37, after an impressive career in England and Spain.

The now former left-back and set piece specialist used his twitter page to declare he would be coming back to Leeds.

The former Republic of Ireland international retains his admiration for Leeds after making more than 200 appearances for the club during their Premier League years, and was part of the team which reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Harte retired on a high having helped Bournemouth to win promotion to the Premier League last season, although was released in June when his contract expired.

Leeds United sent Harte a message earlier in the day via their official twitter account, paying tribute to his career.

Supporters will have to keep a close eye out this season to see if they can spot their former hero joining them in the stands to cheer on the current crop of talented players to represent the famous shirt.

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