By Mark Smith

3rd Mar, 2020 | 6:00am

Defender has no regrets leaving Leeds to join C'Ship rivals after 'realistic' summer exit

Barnsley defender Aapo Halme has admitted that he has no regrets leaving Leeds United in the summer to join their Yorkshire rivals.

The Finnish enforcer made a handful of performances for the Whites last season, but Marcelo Bielsa allowed Halme to leave alongside Pontus Jansson in a couple of outgoing moves for defenders.

Halme claimed that you have to ready to play for Leeds as soon as you arrive and the decision to leave was realistic for his career.

Halme believes he could have more chances at Elland Road, but there was no chance of that happening ahead of Jansson and Liam Cooper.

“When you are doing good, you are more happy as you worked so hard to get there through the tough times,” he told the Yorkshire Post.

“Every footballer wants to play week in, week out and I got the opportunity to play here and I am really happy and as a team, we have to stay in the league.

“Maybe I could have had more chances at Leeds. But then again, it is a big club and you have to be ready to play there (straightaway) as they are a club who are trying to get promoted to the Premier League.

“It was realistic to come here and I think that being at a massive club helped me when I came here.”

The arrival of Brighton loanee made the likes of Halme and Jansson distant memories, although we question whether or not many people will remember the Barnsley man in a few years time.

Halme has made 26 appearances this season and has struggled with his disciplinary record. Should the Fin pick up a yellow card in his next outing, he will have a two-match ban – even the likes of Kalvin Phillips haven’t picked up as many cautions.

In other Leeds United news, this Whites ace has been named as EFL on Quest’s Player of the Week after 4-0 win v Hull