DAVID Gonzalez admits he has been struck by the strong togetherness at Leeds United – after crossing the Pennines to join the Whites on loan.
The Colombia-born stopper may effectively be the current third-choice goalkeeper behind No.1 Kasper Schmeichel and deputy Shane Higgs after joining from Manchester City on loan for the rest of the season just before the closure of the transfer window, but he says he has been made to feel part of things at the club.
And if his chance does come, he is keen to contribute to what has all the portents of being a special season for United.
Gonzalez, 28, capped two times by his country, said: “The atmosphere and team spirit is just great.
“All the lads have taken to me being here as if I’ve been here for months already and I’ve only been here for a few weeks.
“It feels like we’re all aiming for the same thing.”
The 6ft 4in keeper, who signed for City following a successful trial in January 2010, added: “I had expressed my desire at City of going on loan somewhere, as there’s not as many opportunities there and I was playing in the reserves every week.
“I knew that Leeds were following me in the reserves and I’m happy to be here and hope to be involved in the squad as soon as possible.
“Kasper (Schmeichel) has been outstanding all season long and I’ll just try and add a little bit to the squad and do my best.
“I didn’t think about it for a second (about coming). Leeds is a massive club with a lot of history.
“It’s a shame everything happened those years ago when everything went wrong, but the club are trying to get everything back together and hopefully this season will be the one where we are back to the Premiership and bring happiness to the whole city.
“When Leeds were in the Champions League, we all used to follow it in Colombia along with the Premiership.
“We don’t know anything about the Championship or League One in Colombia, but Leeds have a lot of history and football fans back home know that.”
And on his time at Eastlands, he added: “The experience is fantastic and it’s great to be able to train with some of the best players in the world.
“The environment is nice and obviously, when you have so many good players together, people tend to think that probably the relationship is not the best between them but they have built a really nice group there.”