By Harvey Byrne

Former football hard man Vinnie Jones has labelled his time at Leeds as “the most special time” of his life.

The now 52-year-old signed for the Yorkshire giants in 1989 from Wimbledon.

He helped Leeds make a return to the old Division One under the guidance of the long-serving Howard Wilkinson, but Jones’ time at the club was cut short as he moved across Yorkshire to Sheffield United in 1990.

The former Wales international went on to play for Chelsea before returning to Wimbledon in their most successful years, but he still holds fine memories of his time with Leeds.

“It’s probably the most special time of my life, even though it only lasted a year, 18 months,” told Jones to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“We were loved around the town, we were clapped around the town. People ask me the difference between the cup final [with Wimbledon in 1988] or winning the Second Division with Leeds.

“The cup final was over very quickly, but there was so much at stake at Leeds for a whole season.

“I don’t think anyone knows the pressure the club was under. Everybody threw everything in – the kitchen sink, the lot. How could you not play your heart out every game.”

Leeds are also battling for a return to the Premier League this season and they currently sit in seventh place in the Championship table with goal difference keeping them out of the top six.

Jones has remained supportive the Yorkshire giants via his personal Twitter account all season and he has also told that the club has to be in the English top-flight.

“I haven’t seen the film yet and I’m looking forward to seeing it. But it will be even more special if Leeds get in the play-offs this year.

“I do believe in fate and all that kind of stuff and with the film and the festival and everything else going on in the city, this might be the year they go up. Leeds have to be in the Premier League, they have to be.”

Leeds have three matches left this season and they are currently preparing to take on Burton at the Pirelli Stadium this weekend.

A win could see them rise as high as fifth place depending on results elsewhere for both Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday who will be taking on Huddersfield and Derby respectively.

In other Leeds news, manager Garry Monk has responded to Premier League interest in club star.

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