Niall Huggins speaks out on Leeds exit and looks forward to Sunderland challenge

By Joshua Hobbs

After Niall Huggins made his Premier League debut at Arsenal, it seemed like it could be the start of a break-out for the young Welshman. Leeds United lost the game 4-2, having gone in 3-0 down at half-time but Huggins gave a good account of himself as Leeds improved in the second half.

However, in the summer Huggins was given the news that Leeds didn't see a future for him at the club and he was told to find a move. As such, he wasn't included in any of the first-team or under 23s friendlies or even training with the squad.

He found a moved to Sunderland in League One late on in the window and has shard why he felt he had to make the move, saying :

“It was a great experience to be near that first-team level in the Premier League

“But Leeds are looking to bring in lots of high-quality players from around the world and, opportunity-wise for me, it was going to be hard to break through.

“The pathway just got a bit smaller for me and when I heard Sunderland were interested it was huge."

The Welsh U-21 international spoke on similarities between Leeds United and his new club as well, as he said, "They are a massive club. I know they are in League One now, but they’re fighting to get back up the leagues and they’re a Premier League club really.

“The philosophy there is similar to Leeds and think I can bring a lot to them.”


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