Leeds United new boy Eunan O'Kane feels the time had come for him to leave Premier League side Bournemouth for the sake of his career.

The Whites had been tipped to bring in another striker on transfer deadline day, but instead the Championship side raided Bournemouth to bring in midfielder O'Kane.

The Republic of Ireland international admits that the transfer did not go smoothly, with at points the move being on and then off, but he is now looking forward to kicking on at Elland Road, having made a switch he feels he had to make.

O'Kane told BBC Radio Leeds: "It was on, it was off. It's been a whirlwind to say the least.

"I had to move on to further my own career", the midfielder explained.


"I've got a fight on my hands [to get into the team], but I'm more than up for it."

O'Kane is thought to be highly rated by Leeds head coach Garry Monk and could well be drafted straight into the starting eleven this Saturday when the Whites host Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town at Elland Road.

The Irish midfielder has experience of the Championship, having turned out in the division for Bournemouth.

O'Kane signed a two-year contract with Leeds to keep him at the club until 2018.