When a player says he wants stability in his career, Leeds doesn't often come to mind.
The towering centre-back, currently plying his trade for the Yorkshire giants on a temporary deal from parent club Swansea City, has impressed at the heart of Leeds’ improving backline under former boss Garry Monk this season.
And, at his sixth different club already at the age of 25, the former Arsenal youngster has admitted that he wants some overdue stability in his career and would therefore be open to a permanent switch to the sleeping giants.
“I would like to settle down at one club, be first-choice, have a good stretch of years and really enjoy it,” Bartley told The Guardian. “But at this moment I’m on loan and we’ll see what happens.”
Bartley duly won the Man of the Match award for a stirring defensive performance in Leeds’ hard-fought 2-1 win against local rivals Rotherham United at the weekend, a result that only enhances Monk’s growing reputation at Elland Road.
And the former England youth player, who cites Rio Ferdinand and Fabio Cannavaro as his idols in the game, admits that the presence of the 37-year-old on the touchline made the decision to venture north an easy one.
“[Monk being manager] was one of the things that got me really wanting to come here,” Bartley says. “He wanted me to be a leader, someone the lads can look up to. I try to help every day, especially the young ones, and make sure everyone’s as good as they can be.
“For me it was a really important time of my career, I needed to be playing games and playing games in the right way as well – so having his style and guidance really helped with my decision.”