Josh Warrington has admitted that there were times when he questioned whether or not he would see Leeds United back in the Premier League.
The Whites gear up for their first home game in the top flight for 16 years this weekend when they host Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
And the undefeated IBF Featherweight world champion has spoken about the pain and frustration that a decade and a half in the wilderness caused him as a fan.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “Leeds is a passion, it’s a bug. It’s part of your DNA, especially if you come from the estates.
“It starts messing with your emotions. When you fall in love with a football club that’s when it really starts to hurt.
“I remember speaking to my old fella and listening to it on the radio and turning to him and saying ‘what happens now?’. He said, ‘listen, we’ve been here before – don’t you worry about to, in a few years’ time we’ll be back’.
“And then relegated to League One, speaking to some family members who said ‘I don’t think I’ll ever see Leeds back in the Premier League in my lifetime’. You think ‘wow, is it really going to get to that?’.”
Warrington speaks for each and every one of us here.
It’s been an age since we were last at the top table of English football, and even the most loyal of fans must have questioned whether or not we’d ever get back here after some truly difficult spells.
Thankfully, largely because of Marcelo Bielsa’s almost godlike influence, we’re mixing it with the very best again, and Saturday afternoon represents a momentous day in our club’s history.
Granted, we won’t be there in person to witness it, but Elland Road deserves Premier League football and it’s been a long time coming.
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