By Keith Ingham
Understandably the question on whether our top scorer Ross McCormack would leave was not far off people's minds when the referee blew his whistle on the final day of the season.
The twenty nine goal striker and captain was integral in keeping the club in the Championship so I thought I'd drop him this blog to hopefully withdraw his rumoured transfer request and stay for at least one last season.
I've never really done this before as usually most of the players who have left the club have done so quick as a flash but as your our teams captain and without doubt the best player at the club I thought I'd try. Your service as a player is second to none, you've been through the 'thick' stuff since you arrived. Underplayed mostly and usually used from the bench you have gained the trust of the faithful that shout out your name during games.
I know most players have 'shelf life' but you seemed different, settled with a young family you came across as very happy, although events in the club must have seriously made you wonder why you so care about the badge you regularly pull at and kiss. We know you had a lot of respect for Brian (McDermott) and you have shown it, the replacement of him by a virtual unknown must have, like the fans questioned where the club was going. Mr Cellino has a plan and it includes some harsh measures but something had to be done to stop the club bleeding money from every orifice.
It's very early into Mr Hockaday's tenure and although he speaks well and seems to have the backing of more than a couple of your colleagues, Luke Murphy and Matt Smith being just two I could mention. Wouldn't it have been a good idea to join your brothers in arms and try to work in Italy to make this club one that was fit and ready for the forthcoming 2014/15 season. If it hadn't worked out you could at least shown the fans you were willing to give the new regime a opportunity to impress you.
I know a footballers life is a short one and if chances come along to improve not only your professional status and financial security for your family but if you have to go, at least move to Premiership not another Championship club for a few more quid.
You are the Captain of one of the greatest club names in football, following in the footsteps of Collins, Bremner and Strachan to name but a few and carry the hopes of hundreds of thousands of Leeds United fans. Our loyalty to the cause is forever please show us some now.
Keith Ingham. A fan for over forty years.
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