Leeds United: Johnson looking forward to Whites reunion

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LEEDS UNITED old boy Bradley Johnson says he is hoping to receive a good reception from Whites fans tonight - and admits that any stick will only drive him on.

The ex-United midfielder, who left to join Norwich City in the summer of 2011 under the Bosman ruling, is aiming to line up against his old employers for the first time since leaving West Yorkshire this evening.

Johnson left United shortly before his contract expired at the end of the 2010-11 season after failing to agree terms on a new deal despite lengthy talks.

Despite the nature of his departure from Leeds, Johnson - now 27 - insists he did not leave the club on bad terms and is relishing lining up against the Whites tonight, if selected.

Johnson said: .”“Leeds away fans are passionate and hopefully they will remember what I did that was good for the club.

“I didn’t leave on bad terms. I wish them all the best, but on Tuesday I’m going to want to beat them.

“So if they want to give me stick, then I’m sure it will kick me on - If I’m selected to play.”

Johnson is not taking his starting participation as read, with Canaries boss Neil Adams likely to be toying with the idea of freshening up his side after a run of just one win in their last six games.

But if he takes the field from the start, he is is preparing to keep his emotions in check.

He added: “Yes, the game excites me – but it’s just a game.

“I’m not going to get my emotions involved in it. I had a great time at Leeds, but it’s gone now.

“I’ve had great times at Norwich and I’m a Norwich player now, and I want to win the game.”

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