Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott has explained his summer transfer policy will revolve around targeting players who know what it takes to gain promotion from the Championship.

McDermott had Leeds looking as if they would be involved in the playoff mix at Christmas time, before they fell away badly, not helped by off the pitch distractions as Italian businessman Massimo Cellino took months to complete his takeover.

Leeds now sit 15th in the Championship and thoughts have turned to a summer rebuild to make the Yorkshire giants promotion contenders.

Speaking at a press conference today, McDermott said: "There will be a lot of players available in the summer, there's no doubt about that.


"Players who have been out of this league and players who have been there and done it. And I think you need that, I think that's really important."

The former Reading manager will also be looking for mental strength, believing that the challenge of playing for Leeds is greater than that at many other clubs.

"And players that can handle being a Leeds United player.

"I've been here a year now and you get to realise what it's all about, being a Leeds United manager and what that entails and what it entails being a Leeds United player.

"Until you're sat in this seat you don't really understand it. You have to play under the pressure of playing for a great club."

Leeds will be looking to end their season on a high when they lock horns with Derby County on Saturday.

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