By Noel Whelan

19th Jun, 2021 | 1:17pm

Whelan thrilled as money-spinning Leeds plans revealed via Sky

Leeds United could receive a serious financial boost by expanding Elland Road by 16,000 seats, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the expansion plans would benefit both the club and fans.

As relayed by Sky Sports on Tuesday (June 15th), Leeds have withdrawn their proposal for a new training ground in favour of expanding Elland Road to 55,000.

Leeds had been given the green light to relocate the training ground to a site within the immediate vicinity of their stadium, as well as expand the ground to 50,000 capacity.

However, a report from Leeds City Council has revealed the Whites have shelved their plans to move from Thorp Arch.

They also want to boost their expansion plans for Elland Road, which currently holds 39,000, by an extra 5,000 seats.

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Whelan raved over the club’s plans and suggested it could be a real money-spinner.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It’s been talked about for a long, long time now.

“The stadium is a fantastic stadium. When you think about now, back in the Premier League, the support that Leeds United always have had whether they’re in Division One, Championship, you could sell it twice over.

“So it makes absolute complete sense now that we’ve got the manager, now we’re back into the top flight, now we’re generating a fantastic squad. You can see in the Euros how many internationals are actually there representing Leeds.

“That 55,000 seater stadium brings in money to the football club but it also puts people in the stands. It’s sometimes difficult to get hold of tickets.

“The demand is so high now, they want to come and watch the team play.”

Leeds’ last game in front of fans was the 2-0 win over Huddersfield.

The match is perhaps best remembered for Luke Ayling’s sensational volley for the opener.

In other news, barely-seen Leeds United attacker “still has a future” at Elland Road, claims Whelan.