By Russell Edge

Former Leeds United midfielder David Norris has said that he was forced out of the club by then-owner Massimo Cellino as a result of his age.

The now-36-year-old joined the Whites on a free transfer from south coast side Portsmouth in the summer of 2012, and spent three years with the club, going on to make 36 appearances across all competitions, netting four times.

However, despite a bright start to his career at Elland Road, he found himself outcast from the first team squad for the 2013/14 and the 2014/15 season, failing to make a single league appearance over the two campaigns before having his contract terminated through mutual consent in February 2015.

However the midfielder, now playing for Shaw Lane, has revealed that it was former Whites owner Massimo Cellino who controversially forced him out of the club as a result of him being over 30-years-old.

He also paid credit to the Leeds faithful, stating that they will be his longest living memory from his time at the club.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “He (Cellino) didn’t want any players over 30 involved.

“A few of us got pushed aside, but that is football sometimes.

“But what I most remember at Leeds is the fans. Clubs usually have a hardcore minority, but at Leeds the hardcore are the majority.

“They absolutely love the club and follow it everywhere.”

Since his departure Norris has turned out for Peterborough, Yeovil Town, Blackpool, Leatherhead, Salford City before joining Shaw Lane over the summer.

Contentious owner Cellino meanwhile saw his association with the club come to an end in May 2017, after current chief Andrea Radrizzani took over after purchasing 100 per cent of his fellow Italian’s shares in the club.

In other Leeds United news, the club have been handed a major boost for when they host Garry Monk’s Middlesbrough.

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