Is Paul Hart Leeds United's secret weapon in any Jermaine Jenas pursuit?

The former England international admitted yesterday he would be open to Leeds move.

This week saw former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jermaine Jenas admit that Leeds United would be a potential destination for him if he was to return to football in January.

The 32-year-old midfielder told Radio Yorkshire this week:

“My main focus is to try and get fit. 

“I am not a free agent because I can’t get a club. I am a free agent because my knee has not been in the best of state.

“Hopefully by January, I will know exactly where I am with regards to my knee and my career. Then if I can get back fit, you know, Leeds is a lovely, lovely city, so you can never say never.”

For many, Jenas is presumed retired. In fact he is not, despite his multitude of pundit jobs. Instead the midfielder, who has 21 caps and scored one goal for England, is still getting back to full fitness after suffering a nasty knee injury in 2014.

He has not played a competitive game of football since featuring for QPR against former team Nottingham Forest in April 2014.

It is with his former team that Leeds United may indeed have a secret weapon in signing the experienced midfielder when he gets back into the game.

Leeds recently reappointed Paul Hart as the head of their academy – taking over from Neil Redfearn. But it is not just with Leeds that Hart has a reputation for bringing through top young talent, he did much the same at Forest.

His star pupil? Jermaine Jenas.

Jenas won the PFA Young Player of the Year award whilst with Newcastle United in 2003, beating Wayne Rooney to the accolade, and if he is serious about joining Leeds it is an option they must surely consider.

With Hart at the club they might also have an edge on any other team hoping to bring him in.

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