Former Leeds United left-back Ben Parker explains the importance of a top-ten finish to player recruitment

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The Guiseley defender is hopeful that Leeds can finish in the top ten.

Leeds United have failed in their bid for promotion once again this term and it seems a mid-table finish beckons.

However, after their win against Birmingham City in the week Leeds will be hopeful of picking up results against the likes of Reading, Wolves, Charlton and Preston North End in four of their final five games.

An extra 12 points might prove good enough to see Leeds into the top ten at the end of the season.

One former Leeds player believes this could be crucial in the hunt for new players.

Ben Parker came through the ranks at Leeds, spending 17 years at the club as a youth-team player and first-team option before leaving the club after a string of injury problems in 2012.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire this week Parker, who now plays for non-league Guiseley, believes that finishing in the top ten could help Leeds attract some new players this summer:

“If you finish the season well then you can’t wait to get going again for the new season. That’s all the lads will be looking to do.

“Also for recruiting players. It looks like a far better proposition with Leeds being in the top half.

“I know it is a big club and a big attraction. But players these days they look for the top teams in the Championship.

“If you come top ten it’s a good pulling point for players.”

Leeds will certainly be looking to bring in some new faces in the summer and there is no doubt that a higher league finish could help Leeds attract players – who might be put off by off-field issues at the club.

A top-ten finish couple with the size of the club could be enough to convince those worried about the way the club is run to give Leeds a go.

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