Leeds United defender Tom Pearce has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was 'confident' after being let go by Everton.
The Whites haven't enjoyed the greatest 2018, with new manager Paul Heckingbottom claiming just three wins since moving from Barnsley, but there have been some success stories.
Heckingbottom has given chances to some young players, with Bailey Peacock-Farrell featuring in goal, and Tom Pearce coming in at left back.
Leeds have had problems at left back ever since losing Charlie Taylor to Burnley, with January signing Laurens de Bock struggling to make an impact, meaning Pearce stepped up.
The 20-year-old defender has largely impressed for Leeds, making three appearances and even scoring his first goal for the club against Barnsley on Saturday afternoon.
Pearce has now staked his claim to be Leeds' first-choice left back next season, and he has been discussing his career having been released by Everton back in 2014.
Pearce has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he felt confident that he could find a new club and move on after being let go by the Toffees, and admitted that he had a number of clubs interested in his signature before Leeds won the race.
“I’m a confident person so I just thought ‘move on, find a new club and see what happens from there’,” said Pearce. “I had quite a few clubs coming in but when I came to Leeds it was unbelievable so I signed. Neil Redfearn was the academy manager at the time and he signed me up,” he added.