By Will Butcher
New Leeds signing Eunan O’Kane has revealed that the main factor behind his deadline-day move was that he needs game time.
The 26-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Yorkshire giants in the final hours of the transfer window, after falling down the pecking order at Premier League side Bournemouth.
Speaking to LUTV, Leeds’ number 14 revealed that he needs to play regular football among other reasons for his move to Yorkshire.
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I need to play football,” O’Kane told LUTV. “My career has stalled and I didn’t play a lot of games last season.
The manager suits the way I play and it’s a huge club. I can’t wait to get on the pitch and show everyone what I can do and help to progress the club forward.”
The former Torquay midfielder, who also has four caps for Ireland, is known for his tireless work ethic and box-to-box style.
O’Kane also revealed that a deal for him to come to Leeds was not simple to seal, with talks ongoing for the final month of the transfer window.
“Leeds were interested four weeks ago,” O’Kane said. “It’s been a long time in the process. It’s been a while but I’m glad to be here and I’m glad that they managed to get it over the line.”
O’Kane was not in the Leeds squad that lost 1-0 to Huddersfield on Saturday as they succumbed to their fourth Championship defeat in six matches.
O’Kane had been a Bournemouth player since 2012, and after joining from Torquay, he went on to make 118 appearances for the club.
He joined the Cherries when they were a League One side, and helped them earn two promotions in three seasons.
In other Leeds news, Monk has dropped a hint about his future transfer activity in the free agent market.