The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

PABLO Her­nan­dez may be Leeds United’s old­est out­field player, but the mid­fielder claims he feels younger than ever af­ter mak­ing his move to El­land Road per­ma­nent.

The 31-year-old had been on loan from Qatari side Al-Arabi, but he has now been signed un­til the end of the sea­son, with the club hav­ing an op­tion to ex­tend the deal for a fur­ther 12 months.

Be­fore host­ing Derby on Fri­day evening, Her­nan­dez had scored three goals in 15 league ap­pear­ances for the Whites, and the for­mer Swansea City man is con­vinced he has enough left in the tank for an­other crack at the Premier League.

“When you look at the age of this squad you can think ‘Oh, Pablo’s an old player, no?’ be­cause a lot of young play­ers are here,” said Her­nan­dez.

“But my feel­ing is like a young player. I know my­self. I know I can give all of me for the next two or three years and I’ll fight for this – to play in the Premier League next year with Leeds.

“I need to show my ex­pe­ri­ence for these young play­ers. I need to be an ex­am­ple on the train­ing ground, in the games. When I came here, I knew this and I’m happy with that.”

MA­TURE: Pablo Her­nan­dez

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