By Tom Blackburn
New Leeds signing Rob Green says missing out on the second half of last season at QPR due to a contract clause was a huge boost to his career.
QPR did not select the goalkeeper after 1 January 1st to prevent him from hitting the 30-game mark which would have automatically extended his contract.
In an interview with the Sun, Green, 36, revealed that the break from football left him revitalised and eager to play again.
“I realised that 99.9 per cent of people are not at a football match on Saturday. The world does keep going round,” said Green. “So it had beneficial aspects to it. I got to spend weekends with my kids and wife.
“I went to see my team, Woking, a couple of times. I went to see a few rugby matches. I spent time with my parents — I spent time being a parent.
“It was the first time in my life I bought a personal organiser. I’ve never had to have one, I’ve just relied on a fixture list.
“If anything, it’s probably added years to my career. It was a reinvigoration.
“With this break, you could offer me a game in the park and that would be quite exciting.
“But a club with the magnitude of Leeds and the squad here is something that appealed to me.”
The former England international arrived at Elland Road on a free transfer at the beginning of July, and on Friday was given the Number 1 jersey ahead of Marco Silvestri.
The goalkeeper’s career has stretched 18 years in professional football, since he signed his first professional deal with Norwich in 1998.
As an England player he won 12 caps, but will be best remembered for disappointing displays at the 2010 World Cup.
Green was in goal for the first game against USA and with England 1-0 up he fumbled Clint Dempsey’s long range strike over the line.
Leeds boss Garry Monk has been very active in the market this summer and is looking to continue his Elland Road revolution, as he aims to return the Yorkshire giants back to the top flight of football.
Monk has made seven senior signings so far, bringing in Green, Kyle Bartley, Matt Grimes, Hadi Sacko, Kemar Roofe, Antonsson and Pablo Hernandez.
In other Leeds news, a reliable journalist gives an update on the club’s reported pursuit of Joleon Lescott.