Former Leeds United striker Eoghan Stokes lifts lid on departure

Eoghan Stokes in action against Newport County earlier this season.
Eoghan Stokes in action against Newport County earlier this season.
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Ex-Leeds United striker Eoghan Stokes has revealed he was tired of playing 'fake football' in England.

The 21-year-old, who now plys his trade back home in the League of Ireland Premier Division with Bohemians, had his contract terminated by mutual consent with the Whites last month.

After spending six years in West Yorkshire and only making one first team appearance against Newport County in the League Cup earlier this season the young Irishman felt it was time to move on.

"Over there with the U23s you are playing with kids, it's all about development. If you win, happy days, if you lose it's no big deal, you just put it down to development," Stokes told the Irish Herald.

"I knew that playing fake football in England wasn't benefiting me in any way. You can score four goals in a game and it means nothing, the lads who are in the first team ahead of you have 200 or 300 games under their belts so they will get picked, managers over there are under such pressure to get results."

Stokes, who notched his first senior goal for Bohs away at Limerick last week, also believes that the chopping and changing of managers at Elland Road hindered his development at Thorp Arch.

"I was doing well over there, scoring goals every week, but it was unfortunate that at Leeds there was a constant change of manager, constant rotation of players and that didn't benefit me," Stokes added.

"I decided to get out of Leeds and come home as I wanted to play football, play men's football. I had been playing U23 football in England since I was 16 and it wasn't doing me any good. When you are 17 or 18 and you are in the U23s at your club, it's great but then you hit a wall. You get a taste of first-team football and you want that every week."