New Leeds recruit issues warning to rivals: I'm not here to sit on bench

By Coral Barry

Rob Green has warned his goalkeeping rivals that he wants to be Leeds’ No.1 stopper and will not be happy sitting on the bench.

The 36-year-old signed for Leeds in July in a one-year deal, after only managing 24 appearances in the Championship last season for QPR.

However, the former West Ham and Norwich stopper has insisted he has not signed for Leeds to just be an experienced influence within the squad.

“I want to play and I want to play as many games as I can,” Green told the Yorkshire Post.

“I want to look back one day and say that I had 10 great years at Norwich, six great years at West Ham, four great years at QPR and x-amount of great years at Leeds.

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“I want that to be up there with all of that in terms of longevity and success. It is not like I am here to sit back, relax and chill. I could have done that by staying in London, and sat on the bench somewhere.

“But I have come here to be part of something, something exciting. Put it this way, I have not come here not to play.”

Green’s frustration at Loftus Road was down to a clause in his contract that if he managed 30 games in the Championship it would trigger a 12 month extension to his deal, hence the former England international was frozen out in the second half of the campaign.

Monk snapped Green up on a free transfer and the Englishman will compete with current No.1 Marco Silvestri, Ross Turnbull and youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell for a starting XI place, with every stopper getting minutes in pre-season.

If Green does get the nod from Monk on the first day of the season, he will face his former club QPR on 7 August.

In other Leeds news, a Whites defender has finally returned to full training and should be fit for the new season.