Noel Whelan claims that Leeds United have sent a positive message to potential recruits with their investment in medical equipment for both players and their families. 

The former Whites striker and boyhood fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that players want to join a “professional outfit” that looks after everyone at the club.

Writing his weekly ‘programme notes’ for the Yorkshire Evening Post, Kinnear revealed that, alongside the EFL Coronavirus testing scheme,  the club had invested in their own “clinical apparatus” which was available to players and their families.

Whelan believes that the Whites are “setting the standard” by looking out for the Leeds “family” and that players will be attracted to joining the club as a result.

Whelan told Football Insider: “There’s one word you can put it in and that’s professional. That’s what any player joining the club wants – a professional outfit that has been nurtured from top to bottom to where the players are.

“They’re setting the standard, knowing they’re going to be cared for and it makes players feel comfortable, it makes players feel wanted, it makes the family feel safe and that’s what you want as a player.

“We are a family, there’s no doubt about that – whether that be players, staff, owner, people that work in the background but more importantly the fans. Everybody is a family at the club and you look after one another the same you would your children.

“That’s what the club are doing, they really are protecting everyone and looking after them in the best possible way.”

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Discussing the club’s approach during the Coronavirus pandemic, Kinnear wrote: “In addition to the twice-weekly EFL testing regime the club have invested in our own clinical apparatus and access to these has been extended to the families of squad members should any of the players have domestic health concerns.

“None of our players will be pressurised in to training or playing if they are not completely comfortable with the measure we have in place.”

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