Kevin Phillips believes Leeds United players will be “so excited” to hear that the Premier League has voted for close contact training to return and hopes the Championship follow suit. 

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was hopeful the Championship would follow the Premier League’s example when they voted this week.

The Premier League took a significant step towards a restart today after clubs voted unanimously for close contact training to return – group training, engagement and tackling are all now allowed.

Championship clubs returned to training a week later than the top flight but Leeds’ promotion push could start as early as 12 June if safe to do so.

Phillips claimed the news offers “light at the end of the tunnel” after a difficult period for footballers during the lockdown.

“If I was a Leeds player, yes I would be so encouraged and so excited,” he told Football Insider.

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“Just to get back onto the training ground, get near your teammates, have the banter and then to get the go-ahead for full-contact training is so encouraging.

“Let’s hope they are not too far behind voting for that in the Championship.

“They still need to be vigilant but to hear that after the two or three months that we have had – everyone will be really excited.

“It is light at the end of the tunnel.”

The first round of COVID-19 testing in the Championship resulted in only two positive cases from the 1014 players and club staff tested – both from Hull City.

The EFL board of directors met today to vote on the outcome of the Championship season but Leeds Live claims a statement will not be released until tomorrow.

In other Leeds United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider he expects senior player to sign new deal after Phil Hay reveal.