Ea­gles is fly­ingi high again to geti Bolton on the upi


The Football League Paper - - TFLP -

STAR­LETS Sam Byram and Tom Lees want to stay at Leeds, learn from new boss Brian McDermott and help the club back into the top flight.

Both have been closely mon­i­tored by a host of Pre­mier League clubs with Byram, the club’s only ever-present this term, win­ning most of the plau­dits.

Right-back Byram, 19, signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion to 2016 in Jan­uary, and says:“I would love to get the club back into the Pre­mier League where it be­longs.That is one of my top goals.

“It is nice to hear that clubs are in­ter­ested be­cause it shows I’m do­ing a good job, but I really en­joy play­ing at Elland Road.

“The best way to learn is by play­ing games, es­pe­cially un­der the new man­ager, who is un­be­liev­ably en­cour­ag­ing. I like his style of play and I’m happy.”

Eng­land Un­der-21 cen­tral de­fender Lees, 22, said:“I am not fo­cused on try­ing to get away. Like any player I want to play at the high­est level. Ide­ally I would like to do that with Leeds – and with Brian in charge we have a great chance of do­ing it.The sup­port­ers here are fa­nat­i­cal and it’s great play­ing for them.

“Some play­ers move to Pre­mier League clubs and don’t get a game be­cause there’s so much com­pe­ti­tion but I want reg­u­lar foot­ball.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

BRIGHT FU­TURE: Sam Byram makes a tackle. In­set: Brian McDermott and Tom Lees

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