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“Leeds was a disaster. I can laugh about it now” – Former Leeds loanee says he regrets his time at Elland Road

Former Leeds United loanee Will Buckley says the club was a ‘disaster’ when he signed there back in 2015.

Buckley, once a record signing for Brighton at a reported £1million, says he regrets his time at Elland Road. The forward joined Leeds on an emergency 93-day loan from Sunderland in 2015. He failed to score a goal and only made four appearances for The Whites.

Now Buckley has come out to reflect on that period, saying he regretted the ‘disaster’ of a loan stint:

“Leeds was a disaster. I can laugh about it now that I have stopped playing. One of the games I did actually play was against Brighton and [Bobby] Zamora scored in the 93rd minute. I think that was the season Brighton went up [to the Premier League]. I went in when Uwe Rosler was the manager, he brought me in,” he said.

“He looked like he was doing really good things, lost three games while I was there before I managed to get into the team, [he] got sacked, Steve Evans came in and he had his players that he wanted to play, or whether I don’t know who was picking the team at the time.”

Buckley emphasized that his time at Elland Road is top of the list of his worst career decisions:

“[Do I] regret anything in my career? Maybe the loan move to Leeds,” he said. “It was nothing against Leeds as a club, I had a few injuries again, my knee was a little bit sore, it wasn’t right, and I went thinking, ‘I want to play football,’ but I wasn’t ready to go and go straight into a good Championship team. That is probably the only regret really.”

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