EXCLUSIVE

Former Leeds United star Noel Whelan says that the return of Huddersfield Town to the Championship has him buzzing following the release of the Championship fixture list this week.

The ex-Whites hitman exclusively told Football Insider that the first game he looked for upon the EFL reveal was the Yorkshire derby against the Terriers, who drop back into the second tier following relegation from the Premier League.

Whelan and the rest of the Elland Road faithful will have to wait until December before their side face Jan Siewert and his players at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Huddersfield visiting Elland Road at the start of March.

Asked which fixtures he was looking for first after yesterday’s release, Whelan told Football Insider: “Obviously Huddersfield. Back to the Yorkshire derbies, relegated last season, there’s always a little bit of bite about the game and it’s back on the fixture list.

“That’s one you look out for. It’ll be a cracking game and it has me buzzing. They’ve still got Premier League quality with the players there and (parachute) payments.”

The last time Leeds faced Huddersfield was back in February 2017, the Terriers coming out on top in a 2-1 win courtesy of a late Michael Hefele goal, Chris Wood cancelling out Izzy Brown’s opening strike.

Leeds have lost the last three of their games against their Yorkshire rivals, with both sides having five wins to their name in the last 10 meetings.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the Whites have opened talks with a London club over the exit of a first team player.