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Garry Monk tweets ahead of Leeds United's tour of Ireland; James Beattie reacts to signing

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds United manager Garry Monk is set to take his team on a tour of Ireland later today.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Garry Monk tweeted yesterday, to confirm that he was making some final preparations ahead of Leeds United’s tour of Ireland.

Leeds are set to fly to Ireland later today, as they start to step up their preparations for the new campaign.

The Whites have been back in training for over a week now, with Monk having his first chance to assess the talents of his new squad.

Leeds will play friendly matches against Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers in Ireland, as Monk looks to fine-tune his team.

The tour of Ireland will be a good chance for Leeds’ two new signings - Kyle Bartley and Marcus Antonsson - to settle in with their new teammates.

Kyle Bartley - Rangers

Leeds will also have a new coach on the tour with them, after the arrival of James Beattie.

Beattie was added to Monk's backroom staff at Elland Road, and he tweeted his joy about joining the Yorkshire club.

Leeds’ Championship campaign begins on 7th August with a match against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Leeds have already outlined their ambitions to push for a play off spot next term, by offering season ticket-holders part-refunds if they do not make the top six.

Swansea manager Garry Monk during the press conference

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