Leeds Utd news – Utd leave reserves league, Grayson backs fringe players, Nunez extends loan

Nunez extends loan.

Leeds United’s Ramon Nunez has extended his loan spell at Scunthorpe United until the end of the season. The Honduran international joined the Iron on the final day of the loan transfer window on an initial one month spell, which was due to expire on Friday.

However Nunez, who netted his first goal in English football in the vital relegation clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend, was keen to extend the spell having found regular football difficult to find since signing for the Whites back in August.

Speaking to the Scunthorpe Telegraph, Nunez expressed his happiness at United: “I am grateful to Scunthorpe for the opportunity they have given me to come here and get some games in” he said.

Scunthorpe’s revival has come about since the appointment of Alan Knill as manager and has seen them close the gap on Palace to three points in their battle for survival. Nunez puts the recent success at the manager’s door and expressed his desire to finish the job saying: “I would like to help them stay in the Championship,” going on to praise Knill by saying: “the new ideas he has brought in and the players that are here, we can do that.”

Utd leave reserves league.

Leeds United bowed out of competitive reserve team football with a 5-2 defeat at Elland Road against Grimsby Town.

Leeds made the decision to leave the Totesport.com East League last week, and will play behind closed doors fixtures with their second string next season. That decision will allow them to play against stronger opposition, including Premier League sides, which the current competition does not allow.

A very youthful side took part in the last game, and despite levelling twice, with goals from Dominic Poleon and James Baxendale, to go in 2-2 at half time, the second half saw them concede three times to fall to defeat.

The loss saw Leeds relinquish their hold on the title which they have held for the last two years, with Middlesbrough set to be crowned Champions.

Grayson backs fringe players.

Simon Grayson has told his fringe players that it is not too late for them to make an impact, as he looks to shuffle his pack to find a winning formula in the last four games of the season and try to confirm a place in the Play-Offs.

After a trying week, which saw United collect just a single point from three fixtures, Simon Grayson took some time off to play in the clubs annual golf day on Monday. But he told leedsunited.com that his mind was soon drifting back to Friday’s crunch game against Reading at Elland Road.

The United boss said: “We have four massive games for individuals and the club. You have to get the players lively again,” before going on to add: “Sometimes players impress you in training. Davide Somma’s done that, he’s caught the eye with the way he has worked in training and that’s one of the reasons he came in on Saturday.”

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