Clayton reveals Leeds blow

Huddersfield midfielder Adam Clayton has admitted it was a "hammer blow" when told by Leeds manager Neil Warnock that he was selling him to their West Yorkshire rivals.

Last Updated: 30/11/12 at 14:45 Post Comment

Adam Clayton: Was surprised to be asked to leave by Leeds boss Neil Warnock

Adam Clayton: Was surprised to be asked to leave by Leeds boss Neil Warnock

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Clayton, 23, had played a key role for Leeds last season and had not expected to be sacrificed by Warnock, who was desperate to free-up finances at Elland Road in a bid to strengthen his squad during the summer.

"I went into (Warnock's) office expecting the end-of-season chat and he said 'I'm selling you,"' said Clayton, for whom former Leeds boss Simon Grayson paid £400,000 to take him to Huddersfield.

"It was quite a shock to the system and I was quite upset on the way home. I didn't think I was going to go.

"I'd been looking at houses in Leeds and it was a case of walking into the meeting laughing and discussing what everyone else was discussing - which was 'who do you think are the players he's letting go?' I wasn't expecting the old hammer blow.

"He said he was more than happy to keep me, but he got an attractive enough offer to let me go. I decided to leave and I'm very thankful to have come to a place on the up."

The former Manchester City trainee, who spent two years at Leeds, added: "It was nothing to do with my terms or anything like that. The gaffer agreed to what I wanted and he went in to try and do it. It broke down a bit higher up I think and we had to part ways in the end."

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