Leeds United: Crowe allowed to fly Elland Road nest

Leeds United defender Jason Crowe will be made available for transfer again next month having turned down the chance to leave Elland Road on loan.

The right-back was placed on the transfer list at the end of last season and will be given another chance to find a new club during the

January transfer window with his career at Elland Road effectively over.

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Crowe's contract expires at the end of the Championship term, two years after his move to United on a free transfer from Northampton Town, and manager Simon Grayson confirmed that he was unlikely to regain a place in his first-team plans.

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The former Arsenal trainee made 27 appearances last season but has not featured in Leeds' Championship campaign thus far, and he has been limited to reserve-team football in recent months.

Grayson fielded him in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Newcastle United at Thorp Arch on Monday afternoon but he will give Crowe the freedom to look for different employers next month.

Grayson said: "He's part of a group who were made available in the

summer.

"He's had the opportunity to go out on loan but decided not to.

"It's for him to make the decision about whether he wants to go."

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