By Dominic Toner
Leeds youngster Alex Purver has revealed that he has spoke with first-team manager Garry Monk about his development as a player.
The 21-year-old is a product of the club’s academy and completed a move to National League side Guiseley on Thursday.
The central midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan with the non-league side and was an ever-present in the starting line-up.
He has now returned to Guiseley and will hope to help them avoid relegation in the final seven games.
Purver has explained that he has spoken with Whites boss Monk about his loan spells and praised him for his advice.
“He’s (Monk) been brilliant for me, I think everyone would say the same that he has been a brilliant man-manager with everyone,” Purver said, as quoted by BBC Radio Leeds. “We’ve just spoke about my development and that the loan at the start of the season would probably be the best to bring me on as a player, and I think that first spell did.”
Purver made 21 appearances for Guiseley in the first half of the season and chipped in with two goals.
The central midfielder is yet to make a first-team appearance at Leeds and will hope another loan spell will enhance his chances of earning a senior promotion.
He has been been with the Yorkshire club since the age of six, but his current contract is set to expire at the end of the season
However, Purver can be encourage by Monk’s willingness to hand academy products a chance in the first-team set-up.
Leeds’ 18-year-old midfielder Ronaldo Vieira has enjoyed a breakout season at Elland Road, while the likes of Tyler Denton and Lewie Coyle have been given the opportunity to impress.
In other Leeds news, Rob Green has delivered his verdict on the club’s chances of automatic promotion.