Leeds United will be a “huge pull” for new recruits thanks to their upgraded academy status and prospective place in the Premier League next season.

The former Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the latest development is a big step back to where the club should be after their major financial struggles in the early 2000s.

The Whites confirmed in midweek that their academy has been awarded Academy One status by the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

Bruce has lauded Leeds’ youth system for the talents it has produced over the years and insists the upgraded status will only help attract better players to Elland Road.

Bruce told Football Insider: “They were always a good academy when you look back to the likes of Woodgate, Bowyer, Alan Smith and people like that coming through the ranks, they always had a good youth team.

“They were always there and there about in the 90s and 2000s, obviously when they hit the huge financial issues, their categories were knocked down a little bit and they had to sort themselves financially and the club took a hit.

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“To see them getting back to where they were, the club back in the Premier League, the youth team back where they should be with the very good catchment area, it all bodes well for the future of Leeds, that’s for sure. It’s a massive club and it’ll have a huge pull.” 

Leeds mainstay Kalvin Phillips is a graduate of the youth ranks at Elland Road, while the likes of Jamie Shackleton and Robbie Gotts have also featured in the senior side this season.

The Whites currently sit top of the Championship, level on points with West Brom but with a game in hand.

In other Leeds United news, Michael Brown has made a “sensational” transfer claim.

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