In years gone by the end of the season was met by a 'sigh' and a maybe next year would be the one, but it never was!
The signings that came in just weren't up to the challenge, but last season might, just might be the turning point.
Robert Green, Pablo Hernandez, Kyle Bartley (on loan unfortunately), Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe a few of the names that turned a slow start into a seventh placed position, missing the playoffs by a few points.
But looking at the fantastic work of our new owner Andrea Radrizzani and the work he has put in place this summer, including spending over £11million on summer signings, it could be a lot worse and here's how...
I take you back to the preseason of the 2012/13 season under Neil 'Colin' Warnock, most of the names that came into the club in that summer had followed 'Colin' around the leagues, Michael Brown, Paddy Kenny, David Norris and not forgetting Luke Varney.
Mercenaries who had come for another pay day with the least effort to put in. In those dire days, a black cloud seemed to hover over the statue of the late and so great Billy Bremner.
He took those 'smashing bunch of lads' to Cornwall preseason and one good thing came out of the trip, the emergence of a young Sam Byram. I hear that if things went wrong on the trip it was usually the fault of Tom Lees!
August came and this was this was how Leeds lined up against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Elland Road on August the 18th 2012:
Kenny, Byram, Peltier, Pearce, White, Green, Austin, Norris, Varney, (the striker formally known as) McContract, Beechio
It started off pretty good, a 1-0 win over relegated Wolves, Beechio with the winner. Five wins in the opening ten games gave way to indifferent/poor form and Leeds dropped down the league table.
It was never meant to be, the uneasy relationship between Colin and the fans deteriorated during the season, not helped by a horrendous 6-1 thrashing at Elland Road.
A great run in the Carling Cup to the quarter finals was brought to a shuddering halt when Chelsea beat Leeds 5-1 also at home. He was finally sacked by uncle Ken Bates after Derby County won 2-1, another home defeat.
Leeds escaped relegation thanks to an upturn in form under new Head Coach Brian McDermott, the home wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley vital. We even spoiled Watford's hopes of an automatic promotion place, the 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road was probably one of the longest Championship games has ever seen, due to a injury to the Watford goalkeeper.
Leeds ended the season in thirteenth place, it definitely wasn't a season to savour.
So remember when a few defeats happen during the forthcoming 2017/18 season, as is bound to happen things could be a lot less worse, 'Colin' could still be in charge and we could be signing old players wanting a payday, Birmingham anyone?
What were trying to say is that if the 12/13 season was like taking home a 10 to 2'er then this preseason is like taking home the prom queen.
By Keith Ingham