By Will Butcher
Danny Mills believes it would be fantastic if Leeds secured promotion to the Premier League this season.
Manager Garry Monk has masterminded Mills’ former side meteoric rise into the Championship play-off spots, after languishing above the relegation zone earlier this season.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on Thursday night, the former England international believes the Yorkshire giants are heading into the right direction and promotion is a possibility.
“They are very very positive,” Mills said. “The club is now in a stable situation for the first time since I left. It’s on a steady footing and heading in a steady direction.
“If they make the play-offs or get promotion it would be fantastic. To have them back in the PL would be great but the club is being run well and hopefully things will get better from here.”
During a five-year stint at Elland Road between 1999 and 2004, Mills made a total of 129 appearances in all competitions in which he picked up a huge 33 yellow cards from right-back.
A return to the Premier League would be Leeds first in 12 years after a dismal financial collapse that saw Mills offloaded along with the likes of Alan Smith, Mark Viduka and Paul Robinson.
Watching his old side from afar, the former Manchester City enforcer has seen Leeds win five of their last six league games against the likes of Rotherham, Preston and Reading.
Now in fifth, Leeds are just seven points off an automatic promotion place with Newcastle sitting on 52 points in second.
With an FA Cup clash against Cambridge on Monday night, Leeds face a tough task at home to Steve McClaren’s Derby on January 15 as they look to main their sparkling Championship form.
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