By Will Butcher
Garry Monk believes that the signing of Sunderland’s Liam Bridcutt will help Leeds both on and off the pitch.
The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Elland Road on Tuesday morning to end a protracted transfer saga and return him to the club where he spent last season on loan.
Speaking to Radio Yorkshire in a post-match press conference after Leeds’ last gasp 1-1 draw against Fulham, Monk believes that the Scotland international is a leader and can help the younger players of the Whites’ squad.
“Signing Liam Bridcutt was a drawn out process,” Monk told Radio Yorkshire. “But it’s worth it because Liam is the type of player who can be our leader and help the younger players.
“He brings experience, he’s a quality player and we’re delighted to get that deal over the line.”
Leeds announced on their website and official Twitter account that the midfielder had signed a permanent deal.
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Bridcutt has returned to Elland Road after a successful loan spell last season and will hope to turn the club’s fortunes around after they have taken just a single point from their opening three matches of the Championship season.
The former Brighton midfielder joined Leeds on loan last November from the Black Cats under then manager Steve Evans and remained until the end of the 2015-16 season.
Bridcutt impressed the fans during his stay at Elland Road and made 27 appearances in total, assisting once and picking up eight yellow cards for his combative efforts in midfield.
In other Leeds transfer news, this international winger could also be added to Monk’s squad after an impressive Europa League showing.