By Alex Stevens
Leeds midfielder Alex Purver has a big decision to make over his future after his successful loan spell at non-league outfit Guiseley finished.
The Elland Road academy product has returned to Elland Road after his half-season loan at Nethermoor came to an end on 2 January.
Guiseley manager Adam Lockwood has admitted he wants Purver to return to the club for a second loan spell in the second half of the season.
But he recognises that the player, 21, is mulling over a number of offers and that he has a huge decision to make about the direction his career takes.
“Alex is at an important stage of his career and has done ever so well for us,” Lockwood said, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post. “We are looking to move forward and Alex has played a major part for us so far this season and I would like to see him come back. But whether that happens is down to Alex.
“For me, he has got a big decision in his career. He has got a bright future in the game, but it depends what path he sees.
“Anyone connected with Guiseley who has watched us play has seen how far he has come in such a short space of time. He grew into a really good footballer and learned a lot about the game while he was here.
“But there is definitely some interest from ourselves as I am sure there will be from other teams. But we, Alex and his representatives know the situation and ultimately it is down to them in what direction they go.”
Central midfielder Purver joined Guiseley on loan in August and has made 21 appearances for the club this season, scoring two goals.
He is out of contract at Leeds at the end of the season and, given that he has not yet made a first-team appearance for the club he joined as a teenager, appears to be destined for a summer transfer.
The decision on his immediate future will now be made in the coming weeks by Leeds’ academy staff, Purver and his representatives.
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