Oxford United winger Gavin Whyte has told the Belfast Telegraph that he wanted to join Leeds United last summer.
The 23-year-old was subject of intense interest from the Whites but the club opted to pursue other options ahead of the Crusaders star.
It left Whyte in limbo until the League One outfit did offer him the chance to head for England to play professional football.
Although he held a desire to move to West Yorkshire, Whyte believes that things worked out for the best in the end.
He told the Belfast Telegraph: “Last summer there was a lot of talk about interest from certain clubs. Leeds were one of the main ones mentioned.
“At that stage, Leeds was where I wanted to go because everyone knows they are a massive club and I knew Stuart Dallas.”
Whyte is currently away with Northern Ireland who are preparing for Euro 2020 qualifying games against Estonia and Belarus.
The trickster has relished the chance to play regular football this season and doesn’t believe he would have played as much at Elland Road.
He continued: “If I’d signed for Leeds I probably would have played a lot of Under-23 games and I might not have enjoyed it as much or progressed the way I have at Oxford.”
Time will tell whether or not Leeds have dropped a clanger in not signing the highly-rated Whyte.
Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in the youngster this summer, with the Belfast Telegraph reporting a bid of £2 million from the Reds.
That might give Leeds a chance to see first hand what they could have won, had they pursued the signature of the 23-year-old.
Bielsa was keen to hand youngsters the chance to play frequently last season and Whyte might have played a fair amount of games.
It remains to be seen what sort of career Whyte will go onto have, but he might go down as one that got away for the Whites.