By Craig Scott

5th Jun, 2020 | 10:30am

Ex-Leeds defender was 'Really upset' about exit, says Derby tried to sign him from Whites

Former Leeds United left-back Aidan White has revealed how gutted he was when he was released by the club in 2015.

White, now 28, was one of the more promising academy players developed by Leeds when he was at the club.

He made 106 appearances in all competitions for the Whites but the Otley-born defender never wanted to leave Elland Road.

White came close in 2014 when Derby tried to sign him but after a metatarsal injury ruined his 2014/15 campaign, he ended up being released by Massimo Cellino without the former owner ever seeing him play.

“I never wanted to leave but I was unsure about how it would go,” White told The Athletic. “Derby were trying to negotiate something and it went to the wire but I hoped I could stay at Leeds, which is why I trained for a little while without a contract. It attracted a lot of attention but I didn’t get hung up on what was being said.”

White added: “Massimo Cellino was in charge by then and he’d never seen me play. My contract was up and the whole club was going in a different direction. I didn’t get an offer and I was gone. I was gutted about it. Really upset.”

White has still managed to forge a decent career for himself despite never really reaching the huge potential he was touted to have at Leeds.

He’s since played for Rotherham, Barnsley and current club Hearts, who he played 16 times for this season before they were relegated from the Scottish Premiership.

White was a good player for Leeds but releasing him may have been the correct decision in the end, it is just a shame that the injury he suffered and Cellino’s messy leadership played a major role in his release.

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