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Leeds United's new goalkeeper Rob Green refusing to make predictions for upcoming campaign

QPR's Robert Green celebrates with the trophy after winning the Football League Championship Play Off Final

The former England international believes Leeds can compete in the Championship.

QPR's Robert Green celebrates with the trophy after winning the Football League Championship Play Off FinalRobert Green celebrates with the trophy after winning the Football League Championship Play Off Final

Leeds United’s new goalkeeper Robert Green has made it clear that he will not be making a prediction ahead of the new campaign – as the Championship is simply far too unpredictable.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post this week the England international had this to say about Leeds’ 2016-17 campaign:

“The beauty of what we’ve got here is that it’s an open book. That’s the exciting thing. And when the young lads realise that, it’ll dawn on them as well.

QPR's Robert Green celebratesRobert Green celebrates

“You’re competing against clubs who’ve come out the Premier League but you’ll realise that you can compete and you will compete.

“There’s no given rule in the Championship. There’s no reason why anyone can’t have a successful season. But I think to make predictions in that respect would mean I’d just make an a*** of myself.”

England manager Roy Hodgson (R) and Robert Green durng trainingEx-England manager Roy Hodgson (R) and Robert Green durng training

Green is right to be cautious. Leeds’ recent seasons have been marred by controversy and false dawns. Again there is plenty of hope that Garry Monk and his staff can get the best out of this current crop of Leeds players and push for promotion. There is however the lingering fear that Leeds could simply tumble into obscurity once again.

The 36-year-old joined Leeds on a free transfer this summer – following his release from QPR. He is expected to begin the season as first-choice, ahead of Italian Marco Silvestri, who has been dropped to the under-21s, Ross Turnbull and youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Leeds United's Marco Silvestri looks dejectedLeeds United's Marco Silvestri looks dejected

His presence will no doubt bring some security to the backline that, on occasions, they did not have with the erratic performance levels of the young Italian Silvestri.

Hopefully Green can help those Leeds fans who are predicting a season of success get their wish.

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