THERE will be few players more pleased to see Neil Warnock at Leeds United than Leigh Bromby.
The defender’s Elland Road career had seemingly hit the buffers under the leadership of Simon Grayson, with just four league appearances to his name this season before Saturday’s game at Portsmouth.
But the Dewsbury-born Leeds supporter was thrown straight back into the fray at Fratton Park by Warnock, the man who signed him at Sheffield United and who tried to take him on-loan to Queens Park Rangers a year ago.
Warnock’s admiration of the 31-year-old is expected to give Bromby, who’s also played for Sheffield Wednesday and Watford, a more central role in the Whites squad for the rest of the season - and it’s something he’s relishing.
“He signed me for Sheffield United and I spent three years working under him there,” Bromby told Express Sport.
“This time last year he also tried to take me on loan to QPR but Leeds blocked it.
“Hopefully I’ll now be able to get my chance in the first team.
“It’s not nice seeing players get injured [Bromby came on to replace the injured Alex Bruce early on at Portsmouth], I’ve had a couple of injuries myself.
“Hopefully I’ll play more now though, I haven’t played many games recently and I’m gunning to play.”
Bromby says Warnock’s approach to the game “couldn’t be much more different” to that of the out-going Grayson.
But he believes he’s the man to help push Leeds up the Championship ladder and give them a chance of promotion this term.
“His approach is the total opposite to Simon,” Bromby revealed.
“Simon’s very laid back and I think everybody knows Neil’s ways, he’s a bit more aggressive in the way he approaches things.
“But all the lads are pleased with how things are going with him.
“He has the experience of getting promotion from this level before so it bodes well for us.
“We’ve shown this season that we’ve got a good team and we’ve seen teams promoted from the position we’re in now, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it this season.”
Bromby is expecting the Whites’ new boss to bolster his squad with some new arrivals sooner rather than later.
It’ll give him more competition for a starting place but believes it’ll be good for the club.
“I think he’ll want to bring a new faces in to freshen things up,” said Bromby.
“Generally new managers want to make their mark on a team and freshen things up which can’t be a bad thing.”
Leeds face difficult back-to-back games when Southampton visit on Saturday (kick-off 5.20pm) before they travel to Hull City for a Yorkshire derby on Tuesday night (kick-off 7.45pm).
“I think the manager said that he’s come in at the toughest time,” said Bromby.
“We’ve got some difficult games in our run-in.”
Bromby will be hoping to be involved in both games and help Leeds win a positive return of points in their push for promotion.
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