Nicky Ajose discusses his time at Leeds, explains why he had to leave

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Nicky Ajose was recently released by Leeds United.

Ajose left Leeds after the cancellation of his contract so he could join Swindon Town outside of the transfer window, and he has been talking about his time at Elland Road with the Gazette and Herald.

He said: “I’ve been with the Under-18s or Under-21s [at Leeds], whoever they shoved me with really. I don’t feel I had anywhere near an opportunity. They didn’t want me there, but it’s not just as simple as that to get out of a football club now.

“I was hungry to come [to Swindon] and prove to myself that I can play higher. To come out and play regular games is important for me.”

Ajose, 23, remained at Leeds past the close of the transfer window, but he was allowed to leave later last week after the Whites agreed to end his playing contract.

He immediately linked up with Swindon Town in League One, scoring on his debut for the club. His exit from Leeds ended a one-year spell, which saw the forward make just four appearances at the beginning of the season, before spending the second half of the campaign out on loan with Crewe Alexandra.

He was one of Dave Hockaday’s signings, and did little to suggest he was good enough for the Championship, and a move to League One is best for all parties. He has proven himself lower in the Football League pyramid, whilst Swindon sign a good player for their level, and Leeds get rid of a player who was never going to appear under Uwe Rosler.

Ajose has admitted that he was never given a chance to impress at Elland Road, and that he was forced to train with the Under-21 and Under-18 sides just to keep him busy.

First-team football was never going to be an option under Rosler, and Leeds made the correct decision allowing Ajose to leave the club last week.

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