Leeds United must give Aidy a fair deal - Ormsby

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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan.

Aidy White’s future hasn’t been sorted yet and you fear he might be the next home-grown player to leave Leeds. What do you think?

JOHN, the Leeds fan.

I find it really sad when home-grown players leave the club.

It is especially so for those who don’t really want to go. I came through my home-town club, Aston Villa, and was lucky enough to sign on as a schoolboy and later become a pro.

I was there for 12 or 13 years in total.

I’m sure if Aidy got himself a good deal, he’d stay. Like every other player, he’s obviously trying to get the best deal he can for himself.

He’ll probably have heard what the other players are on and while he’s not going to get what the top boys are getting yet, he’s still young and can prove himself.

You never want to price yourself out of things, but you have also got to look after yourself.

I’ve always rated Aidy and said he’s a good player and one for me who can only get better with more games.

Of all the left-backs I’ve seen at Leeds over the past few years, I’d put Aidy above all of them.

Home-grown players always give their all for their club. You see a lot of players going on loan to clubs and kissing the badge and all that. But clubs don’t usually mean anything to them; they are often only there for a month or so in order to put themselves in the shop window.

The local lads know more about what the derbies are about as well. It was like me when I played for Villa against Birmingham. Because I was a local lad and a lot of my mates were Blues fans, I knew how much it meant to them and to me.

Ben Parker’s another home-grown lad and he’s now gone to Carlisle on loan. I saw Ben a while ago and while I would never tell young lads what to do about their careers, I did say: ‘You’ve got to be playing football’.


Some players just want to sit on the bench and pick up the money; as long as they are with a big club.

Those who have anything about them want to be playing football week-in, week-out.

It’s all very well being at a big club, but often when you are in the reserves, no-one wants to know you.

In the game, sometimes you have got to look after yourself. When you are not in the team and things are looking bleak you have to move on.

Managers look after themselves, as do chairmen and players, that’s what football is all about.

They say you have no friends in football and sometimes it’s true.

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