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Gavin Rae admits his ‘big regret’ regarding Leeds United transfer chance

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Gavin Rae admits his ‘big regret’ regarding Leeds United transfer chance

The Scottish midfielder was not in a position in his personal life to take up the chance.

Former Scotland international Gavin Rae has detailed why he decided to turn down a move to Leeds United in 2010. 

The 14-cap Scotland star was at Cardiff City at the time and was struggling for regular first-team football after the arrivals of Danny Drinkwater and Seyi Olofinjana at the Welsh club. 

He was therefore given a chance to join Leeds, at the time managed by Simon Grayson, who had just been promoted from League One back to the Championship. 

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 01:  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

However, as he explained to Wales Online this week, Rae had just become father to twins and a move to Leeds simply did not make sense under the circumstances. 

Rae also made it clear that it was a decision he still regrets to this day.


“Because of where Cardiff was, it was hard to travel up and down to Leeds. So it would either be move or stay. And it was only a loan deal, not permanent.

“So, even if it was it was a one-year permanent deal, I would have gone, but because it was a loan deal, it would have meant travelling between Cardiff and Leeds.

“With the kids being born, twins, I just couldn’t do it.

“So it was a big regret I didn’t get the chance, it’s a huge club and it would have been amazing to play for them. But it just didn’t work out.” 

 

Leeds United went on to finish seventh that season whilst Cardiff finished fourth, losing in the play-off semi-finals to Reading. 

Rae played just 10 times in that campaign and headed back to Scotland that summer with a move to first club Dundee. 

Leeds narrowly missed out on a play-off spot that season and Rae could have been a helpful option in their midfield but it is unlikely he would have made a massive difference to the outcome of the West Yorkshire side’s season.

However, it is great to hear just how much Rae now regrets the situation, highlighting just how big a club Leeds United remains.

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