Green reveals the role he is desperate to fill after signing for Leeds
By Coral Barry
Rob Green has revealed he is eager to act as a mentor to the younger Leeds players after joining the club on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old arrives at the club determined to put his vast experience to good use and admitted once he knew Leeds wanted him he was never going to join any other club.
Green is expected to compete for the No.1 goalkeeping spot, but says he is most looking forward to helping guide the younger players in the upcoming season.
“It’s exciting to be here,” Green told the club website. “This is one of those opportunities where the first phone call asking if you want to come and play for Leeds is a very quick one. It was a ‘yes’ straightaway.
“I’m thrilled to be here. I’ve spoken to the manager and I know what he’s got in store and what he’s planning.
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“What he said really resonated with me and re-affirmed my feelings towards this opportunity.
“After long wait over the summer, the last few days have happened very quickly and now I’m ready to go. I can’t wait to get going.
“I’ll join the squad as one of the older members of the group and the role I’ll have to play with my experience really appeals to me.
“I’m here for however the manager needs me. He’s got a young team of players, who, he says with the right guidance, will really flourish.”
Leeds are currently preparing for the season opener against Green’s former club QPR on August 7.
With the arrival of new manager Garry Monk, Leeds’ squad has seen some significant incomings in recent weeks.
A number of signings have been made, the most recent was the arrival of exciting winger Hadi Sakho on loan from Sporting Lisbon, while Leon Osman is rumoured to be arriving shortly.
In other Leeds news, their deal with a Championship rival has collapsed.