Leeds United legend Gary Kelly has claimed that the Elland Road club is bigger now than when he plied his trade for the Whites before retiring in 2007.
Kelly spent his entire career at Leeds, coming through the ranks in the early 1990s and making more than 500 appearances for the Whites.
When Kelly made his debut for Leeds, in the 1991-92 season, the Whites went on to win the English top-flight title, and during his career, he played in Champions League and UEFA Cup games.
His retirement came at the end of one of the most heartbreaking seasons in the club’s history, when relegation to League One was confirmed.
Things have been on the up for Leeds in recent seasons, however, coming within a whisker of promotion back to the Premier League last term and in pole position for the title this year.
And when asked by the Leeds media team about what he makes of the club now, Kelly replied: “I think the club has got even bigger since I left.
“Leeds should be in the Premier League. It was always a massive club, but now from the outside looking in now you actually realise how big the club is.
“I love the fan base and I’m still Leeds through and through.”
Given Kelly was at Leeds when the club was winning titles and competing in Europe, his comments on the Whites now being bigger than before may appear quite bold.
However, Leeds fans have stuck with their club through all the adversity, and to date, the Whites fanbase is one of the most passionate, if not the most passionate, in England.
Such a fanbase deserves to be rewarded with Premier League football and, once the current situation comes to an end and football resumes, hopefully Leeds can finally get over the line.