Noel Whelan has insisted that Leeds United will be delighted at the growing prospect of the Championship season being “finished”. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road hitman claimed that finishing the current campaign is the only “sensible option”, despite the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

As reported by Football Insider, EFL chiefs are increasingly hopeful of a return to action by mid-June, with the season being completed by mid-August at the latest.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

A letter from EFL chairman Rick Parry, sent to all 71 member clubs, has advised sides to prepare for a return to training no earlier than mid-May, with plans to then complete any remaining fixtures over a period of approximately 56 days beginning the month after.

And Whelan has welcomed the update.

Asked whether he believes concluding the season would be the best thing for the Whites during an interview with Football Insider, he said: “It needs to be finished. It’s got to be for the integrity of the game and for the fairness.

“That is the only sensible option that is financially viable for all clubs. They cannot afford to lose millions of pounds.

“If we only get three weeks of preseason before the start of the next one, it is what it is. You’ve got to roll with the punches.

“It’s unprecedented what’s going on. Nobody could have foreseen this, but you go along with it. You adapt, like everybody else has to.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa hunches over

United currently sit top of the Championship table, one point ahead of second-placed West Brom.

Crucially, however, they also have a seven-point cushion over the play-off places, with nine matches left to play.

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