Darren O’Dea joins Leeds United on loan
Republic of Ireland defender Darren O’Dea has moved from Celtic to Leeds United on a season long loan.
The 9 time Irish international, who was on loan with Ipswich last season is happy to return to the Championship for another year. “I’m delighted to be here,” O’Dea told the LUFC website. “I’d been looking to get away and as soon as I heard of Leeds’ interest I had no doubts. I was on trial here as a 13-year-old and the place was impressive then. It’s changed a bit since, but it’s a great set-up here and it was an easy decision to make.
“I played in the Championship with Ipswich last season and it’s a very competitive division. Teams at the bottom can beat teams at the top and it’s a test I’m really looking forward to. I’m hoping to achieve what everyone here is hoping to achieve – promotion. 20 teams will be aiming for that, but the players here did well last season and I hope I can bring a bit more to that.
Leeds kick off their 2011-12 Championship campaign tomorrow against Sunderland. “Hopefully it’ll be straight into it,” O’Dea asserted. “I didn’t see Southampton last season, but they will come up with a winning mentality and it will be a tough game. It’s a nice stadium, there’ll be a good atmosphere, and we’re looking to do well.”