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Leeds starlet looking to grow in a rough and tough environment

By Dominic Toner

Alex Purver believes that his spell at Guiseley will help him gain a competitive edge.

Purver, 20, joined National League side Guiseley this summer until January as he searches for regular first-team football to help his development.

The non-league side currently sit bottom of the division with just one point from their opening eight league matches, which should provide the Leeds midfielder the perfect opportunity to make an impact.

The youngster, who came through the youth ranks at Leeds from the age of six, has told the Yorkshire Evening Post of his desire to experience “men’s football”.

“For me, it is about getting that experience,” he said. “I have played a lot of Under-21s football in the past three seasons and while it is nice, it is completely different to playing proper men’s football in front of a crowd where you really need three points.

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“We just spoke at the end of pre-season and spoke about a loan option. He [Garry Monk] said it would be really good for me to go out and play some men’s football. I have seen him speak in the press about his feeling that young lads need to know what men’s football really is and the only way to get that experience is to go out and do it.

“I am hoping that experience and the things I pick up from Guiseley and playing in the Conference will really help me when I go back to Leeds for the rest of my career.”

Purver is highly rated at Leeds and he signed a new one-year deal at Elland Road in June.

However he is yet to make an appearance for the senior side and is hoping his spell at Guiseley will help him force his way into Garry Monk’s future plans.

He starred in 33 encounters for the Under-21 side last campaign, where he was often the captain of the side.

Purver can occupy a number of positions to go alongside his more natural midfield role and last campaign he also enjoyed a stint at right-back.

In other Leeds team news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter as their youngster scores his first English goal.