By Wayne Veysey

9th Mar, 2017 | 1:15pm

He has been exceptional: Monk bigs up a Leeds player who fans destroyed

By Alex Stevens

Garry Monk delivered a warm tribute to goalkeeper Rob Green as he prepares to make his 600th league appearance this weekend.

The former England international, 37, bore the brunt of widespread criticism from supporters earlier in the season after he arrived on a free transfer.

But he has won many fans over with his performances in recent months, most notably with a brilliant save to deny Jordan Rhodes from the penalty spot in Leeds’ 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Manager Monk is in no doubt about the effectiveness of the goalkeeper and how his experience has been crucial to the team’s success.

“Making his 600th league appearance is a fantastic achievement, it just shows what a professional he is,” said Monk on Thursday afternoon, as quoted by the official Leeds Twitter account.

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“Rob has done exceptionally well this season, like everyone else, performing at a high level and lending his experience.”

Green has been an ever-present for Leeds this season after being installed as the new No1 at the start of the campaign by Monk ahead of Marco Silvestri.

The former Norwich, West Ham and QPR keeper has started all 36 of Leeds’ Championship matches this season and, injury permitting, is on course to play every minute of the campaign.

The veteran keeper signed a one-year contract last summer but there have been reports that an automatic 12-month extension will be triggered when he reaches a set number of appearances.

He is once again set to be between the sticks for Leeds’ Championship clash against his former club QPR on Saturday afternoon.

In other Leeds news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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