Ross McCormack vowed to launch his Elland Road career in earnest next season after ending a 19-game drought with his first goal for Leeds United.
The striker shook off the frustration of a quiet year in Leeds by scoring in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Burnley, and he backed himself to be a “big player” for United in the coming 12 months.
Leeds are heading for a second successive season in the Championship after Nottingham Forest’s 5-1 defeat of Scunthorpe United all but assured Forest of the division’s last play-off position.
Simon Grayson’s squad are three points behind the Nottingham club with a worse goal difference, and McCormack’s winning goal against Burnley offered little hope of United negating that deficit during their final game of the season at QPR on Saturday.
But McCormack was relieved to claim his first goal for Leeds, eight months after a move from Cardiff City which was rumoured to have cost United a fee of around £300,000.
McCormack, who made only his fifth start against Burnley, said: “It’s sweet to get it. I’ve been waiting a long time and I hoped it was going to come quicker than this but in life you have to adjust. It’s known that if you’re a goalscorer that you don’t panic in front of goal, and I’ve got confidence that I can score at this level and even at the next level.
“The gaffer’s been telling me that if it’s not happening for me this season then I’ll be a big player for him next year. It’s just been hard to get in the team but when we went 4-4-2 on Saturday, there was a freshness about us.”