Leeds United defender Scott Wootton comments on nearly leaving the club last January

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The defender was frozen out by Darko Milanic.

He may not be the most popular player at the club but utility defender Scott Wootton is one of the senior members of the squad at Elland Road.

The former Manchester United defender is currently a regular in the Leeds team but not so long ago it looked like he was on his way out of the club.

Under the unsuccessful reign of Darko Milanic the defender was left out of the squad along with Luke Murphy.

Wooton even went out on loan to Rotherham United, where he was managed by his current Leeds United boss Steve Evans.

After he returned and with Milanic gone he and Murphy were back in contention but he has admitted to the Yorkshire Evening Post today that he nearly left the club:

“I did think I was leaving last season at one stage.

“A couple of clubs wanted me in the January and I wasn’t in the team here. Or the club’s plans, it seemed.

“It was strange. I’d played against Accrington in the League Cup back in August but nothing since. There were three or four of us in the same position, including Luke Murphy.

“For no reason, too. Or none I could really see. We were training with the Under-21s so when the chance came to go out on loan to Rotherham I jumped at it.

“The gaffer was in charge there at the time, which shows how funny things can work out in football. I played a few times in a month and that helped bring my belief back. The gaffer was great in helping me with that confidence.

“After that, I came back and got back in the team here and was really pleased to stay.”

Wootton is a limited player but an honest one. When asked to play at right-back or centre-back he will always puts in his best - even if that is not always good enough.

He certainly doesn't look like he needs to worry about leaving the club this January and if he can start to improve perhaps he can become a more popular figure among the Leeds faithful.

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