By Coral Barry

Stuart Dallas has revealed he has talked to Leeds’ target Kyle Lafferty, but only about his incredible journey with the Northern Ireland international team.

The Leeds midfielder is virtually guaranteed a place on the plane to the European Championships in the summer after a remarkable rise to prominence in a Northern Irish shirt.

Dallas, 24, only made his debut 12 months ago and admitted it has been a rollercoaster journey for a footballer who six years ago was playing non-professionally with Northern Irish club, Coagh United.

“I was talking to Kyle [Lafferty] before the Slovenia game and I was saying I had only one cap until this time last year – and I have 12 now,” said Dallas, speaking to the Belfast Newsletter on Wednesday. “I’m loving every single second of it and I just want to push on and hopefully get many more.”

Leeds are targeting a loan deal for Norwich striker Kyle Lafferty

Target man: Leeds could not tie down Lafferty to a loan deal at Elland Road

Lafferty was consistently linked with a move to Elland Road during the loan window, but in the end opted to join Birmingham on a short-term deal after Leeds failed to agree terms with his parent club, Norwich.

Leeds fans would have been hoping that Lafferty’s close friendship with Dallas would have helped to entice the former Premier League striker to the club.

Leeds boss Steve Evans put the failed transfer down to finances and the overall state of the Yorkshire club.

In other Leeds news, Evans admitted he often sends SOS calls to an unlikely saviour ahead of the Rotherham clash on Saturday.