WARNOCK TRIED TO GET ME BACK A T ELLAND ROAD
IAN HARTE’S affection for Leeds will last a lifetime but he admits he had no choice but to turn down their advances in favour of one last shot at the Premier League.
Harte had just secured promotion from the Championship with Reading in 2012 when Neil Warnock pleaded with the Irishman to return to Leeds.
But having spent the best part of five years trying to reestablish himself in the English game after returning from Levante in 2007, the 35year-old claims he owed it to himself to give the Premier League a go.
“Leeds did come in for me, but Reading was probably going to be my last opportunity to play in the Premier League, so I couldn’t turn that down,” he said.
In all Harte made 288 appearances for the Whites, scoring 39 goals, but he believes in the old adage: never go back.
“They also enquired when I was up in Carlisle, so obviously there was interest to see me return,” added Harte.
“I had some very special times there and it’s always difficult to come back to a club that you’ve had good times with and to live up to those memories.
“Of course I always look at Leeds’ results and hope that they go on and do well, and hopefully one day soon they’re back in the Premier League because the fans are amazing.”