Leeds United: Out-of-favour Bruce looking to impress with Terriers

Alex Bruce celebrates scoring for Leeds United against Motherwell in pre-season.
Alex Bruce celebrates scoring for Leeds United against Motherwell in pre-season.
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Alex Bruce has admitted that he sees no real future for himself at Leeds United after leaving the club to join Huddersfield Town on loan.

The 27-year-old said his situation at Elland Road “didn’t look very rosy” with his contract due to expire at the end of this season and little prospect of another appearance under Leeds manager Simon Grayson.

Bruce was allowed to join Huddersfield ahead of Thursday’s loan deadline, despite a fall-out with Andy O’Brien depriving Grayson of another centre-back.

The former Ipswich Town defender has not played for Leeds this season and last featured for the club in a 3-0 defeat to Swansea City in February. His previous 15 Championship appearances had all passed without defeat.

Bruce signed a two-year contract with United after moving north from Ipswich in the summer of 2010 and the deal had the option of a further 12-month extension, but he moved to Huddersfield until January with a view to longer deal and has no expectation of a fresh opportunity at Elland Road.

“At Leeds I was way out of the picture,” Bruce said. “It was a bit bizarre after playing in large parts of last season. We got beaten at Swansea and I found myself out of the team and out of the squad as well.

“I’ve not been involved since and whether I’ve got a future I don’t know. You’d have to ask the manager but it didn’t look very rosy, that’s for sure.

“I haven’t spoken to Simon Grayson. (United coach) Ian Miller rang me the other night to say they had a few clubs interested in taking me on loan. Huddersfield were interested. To go there, be part of things and to join an ambitious manager in Lee Clark was a good opportunity.”

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