Leeds United striker Ross McCormack believes the club should be targeting a top six finish under Brian McDermott this season.
Scottish international McCormack, who is preparing for his fourth campaign with the club after moving to Elland Road from Cardiff City in August 2010, clearly believes this can finally be the season that sees Leeds end their painful nine-year exile from the Premier League.
“We’ve got to go for promotion,” McCormack told the Yorkshire Post. “Top six is a minimum for a club of this size.
“I believe in myself and I believe in the other guys here. They’re good enough to challenge.”
The 2013/14 campaign will be McDermott’s first full season in charge at Leeds. Following his surprising departure from former club Reading last season, the 52-year-old was widely expected to take a break from the game but seemingly changed his mind after he was quickly identified as the man to replace former boss Neil Warnock, who left in April.
McDermott has been able to add three new faces to his squad so far this summer, with strikers Noel Hunt and Matt Smith joined by highly rated Crewe midfielder Luke Murphy.
The Whites begin their Championship season on Saturday at home to fellow promotion hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Seagulls, who were defeated by bitter rivals Crystal Palace in the semi-finals of the playoffs in May, are now under the management of former Barcelona midfielder Oscar Garcia following the acrimonious departure of Gus Poyet.
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