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Green praises bond with Leeds fans

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Leeds goalkeeper Rob Green has stated they managed to rebuild the relationship with the fans during the season.

The Whites were involved in a promotion battle during the year and ended up in seventh, just five points adrift of the play-offs.

However, the Yorkshire giants were in the top-six for large spells of the year and enjoyed their best season in recent years.

Garry Monk restored belief at Elland Road of a long-awaited Premier League return and the club’s fans certainly responded with their huge support.

Green claims that Leeds are proud of the connection they’ve opened up once again with fans and feels he plays a massive role.

“This season we’ve rebuilt a connection between the fans and the players so that’s something that we’ve been really proud of this season,” Green said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account. “I obviously being a keeper like enjoy having your backs against the wall and playing away from home and getting the crowd against you, but when the crowd is going for you it’s a wonderful feeling.”

Leeds still have a large fanbase despite spending years outside of the top flight and have not featured in the Premier League since the 2003/04 season.

Monk managed to have fans dreaming of a return and assembled a formidable starting line-up that were competitive in most games, but a blip at the back-end of the season cost them.

Green was one of the club’s outstanding performers and proved his qualities at the age of 37.

The former England goalkeeper played every minute of Leeds’ Championship campaign and kept an impressive 15 clean sheets in return.

He was helped by a formidable backline that included the likes of top performers Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley.

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