Lure of first-team football at Forest sees Bridcutt exit Leeds United

Liam Bridcutt was Leeds' club captain in 2016-17.
Liam Bridcutt was Leeds' club captain in 2016-17.
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MIDFIELDER Liam Bridcutt said the chance to play regular first-team football gave him little option but to join Nottingham Forest from Leeds United.

The 28-year-old Scottish international has signed a three-year deal at the City Ground, bringing an end to his time at Leeds after he signed on a permanent basis from Sunderland last summer.

That followed a successful loan spell the previous season after he joined from the Black Cats in November 2015.

But this season has found first-team chances hard to come by under new manager Thomas Christiansen, leading to the exit of a player who hot so long ago was seen as pivotal to Leeds’s chances of promotion under former boss Garry Monk.

“It feels good and I am happy to be here,” said Bridcutt after completing his move to Leeds’ Championship rivals on Tuesday morning to join up with manager Mark Warburton.

“I have spoken to the manager and had a good chat and he has brought me here to strengthen the squad and use my experience. The chat I had with him was positive.

I needed to be back playing regular football and, hopefully, I can do that.

Liam Bridcutt.

“It is something that has been ticking on for the last week or so. It happened quite quickly and I am happy that it got done as quickly as possible. I needed to be back playing regular football and, hopefully, I can do that.

“Everyone I have spoken to who has worked with the manager hasn’t said a bad word about him and you can see from the results at previous clubs that he has a good track record. I think as a manager he is an honest guy and the way he wants to play suits me massively.”

Bridcutt played 53 times for United but his move to Forest puts him in line to make his debut against Christiansen’s side on Saturday.

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