Leeds loanee has unfinished business

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Leeds United loanee Danny Pugh believes he has some unfinished business to attend to at Elland Road.

The Stoke City midfielder rejoined the Whites on Thursday, and went straight into the starting line-up the following day as Simon Grayson's side traveled to the Amex Stadium to face Brighton.

After leaving the club for the first time in 2006, Leeds are hoping to bring Pugh back permanently in January, and the player admits he has nothing but fond memories of his first two years with the side.

“Yes, definitely," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post when asked if he had unfinished business with the club.

“I had two great years here and some fantastic memories. I’ve no bad memories at all and it’s nice to be back. I’m looking forward to my home debut now. Personally, I just want to get a run of games in, get my sharpness back and then take things from there in the longer term.

“I think a couple of other Championship clubs were involved (in trying to sign him) but once Leeds were interested this was always the place I wanted to come to. I love it here, I really enjoyed myself first time around and it was a no-brainer to come back.”


The versatile midfielder appeared to have had an instant impact on his teammates after taking an early two-goal lead at Brighton, only for the hosts to score three second-half goals and appear set to take the points.

Despite Ross McCormack's late equaliser, Pugh admitted the team were disappointed not to have claimed victory after a great performance in the first period.

“The overriding feeling was disappointment. To be 2-0 up at half-time and comfortable and then come away with a draw is disappointing, even though we scored a late goal.

“I thought we started brilliantly in the first half. We worked really hard, had good shape and scored two very good goals.

“But in the second half we conceded an early goal and that just rocked the boat. It threw us a bit and we conceded again. But we at least showed the fight to come back and not lose the game, and that’s a massive thing.

"To come out with a point away from home, you’ve got to try and take any positives.”

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