Alex Purver comments on Leeds United career

Alex Purver has told BBC Sport he has known for some time that his long-term future would not be at Leeds United.

The 21-year-old Thorp Arch product joined Guiseley on a permanent deal today after being released by Leeds this summer.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

The midfielder had two spells at the non-league club last season, and Purver admits he was well aware that he was not going to be staying at the Championship side.

He told BBC Sport: “Obviously I’m disappointed [that it didn’t work out at Leeds].

“That was always my dream, coming through the academy, but I knew for a period of time that my future wasn’t going to be at Leeds United. I’m just excited to get started at Guisley now.”

Guiseley kick off their season on Saturday with a visit of Ebbsfleet United but Purver will be keeping an eye on how his former club get on the following the day.

On Sunday, Leeds travel to newly-promoted Bolton Wanderers as Thomas Christiansen’s side look to kick off their Championship campaign with a win.

The Whites came within five points of a playoff spot last term and promotion to the Premier League will be on the agenda again this time around.

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen looks on prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.