Ian Harte comments on nearly returning to Leeds United, remembers hat-trick moment

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The Irishman could have returned to Leeds United toward the end of his playing career.

Leeds United took their winning run to three games yesterday, defeating Blackburn Rovers 2-1 at Ewood Park.

Goals from Sol Bamba and Mirco Antenucci did the job for Leeds who are now in the top half of the Championship.

Taking on Blackburn certainly brought back happy memories for one former Leeds star. Ian Harte sent this tweet before the game, highlighting the fact he once scored three hat-tricks in one game at Ewood Park back in an August 2000 pre-season friendly:

It was not the only tweet Harte ended up sending regarding his time at Leeds, as he also responded to a tweet from a fan who asked him if he had the chance to rejoin Leeds in his later career.

This was his response:

It seems then that Harte could have joined the club if Leeds had moved on some of their playing staff at some point in his career.

Harte was with Leeds from 1996 until 2004. After that he spent time at Levante, Sunderland and Blackpool before enjoying an Indian summer in his career at Carlisle United, Reading and Bournemouth.

During those final six years of his career Harte could certainly have done a job for Leeds United.

Now the 38-year-old is retired and is looking to become a player agent - so a playing return to Leeds will never happen for the former Leeds hero.

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