Nicky Ajose has said that he was never given a chance at Leeds United after being released by the club last week.
The 23-year-old forward was released from his three-year contract after signing from Peterborough United last summer, and It has certainly been a frustrating twelve months for the youngster as he was struggling for first team opportunities at the West-Yorkshire club.
He made just four appearances for Leeds in a season that saw high management turnover, fan unrest and inconsistent form on the pitch.
All of his appearances were under Dave Hockaday before the manager got sacked just three weeks into his Leeds United career. After failing to make an appearance for Leeds after that, he spent a large chunk of the season on loan at Crewe Alexandra, scoring eight goals in 27 games for the League One side.
Current Leeds boss Uwe Rosler, despite praising the winger’s attitude in pre-season, made it clear that Ajose wasn’t in his first team plans and released the youngster so that he could develop his career elsewhere.
Ajose recently joined League One outfit Swindon Town amid significant interest from Coventry City.
Hoping to impress at the Wiltshire side, Ajose will be striving for more consistent first team football so that he can improve as a young footballer. Scoring on his debut was certainly a step in the right direction in that respect.
Speaking to the Swindon Gazette and Herald, Ajose said: “I don’t feel I had anywhere near an opportunity [at Leeds].
“It would have been very easy to stay there and just not really do anything for the rest of the two years of my contract.
“There was a lot of managers since the owner took over and a lot of things going on – on and off the field – maybe I just didn’t fit. It’s one of those things, I’ve managed to get out which is the important thing.
“They didn’t want me there, but it’s not just as simple as that to get out of a football club now. That’s why it took me until one minute to six on the Tuesday.”
The youngster is eager to impress at Swindon Town and is keen to reinvigorate his career after a stumbling block at Leeds United. The ex-Manchester United player was on loan at Swindon in 2013 and is hoping to re-kindle his relationship with the fans.
He added: “I suppose [I do have a rapport with Swindon fans].
“I’ve not played any competitive games or been training at as high a level as this at Leeds.
“I’ve been with the under 18s or under 21s ― whoever they shoved me with really ― not playing any minutes so to get 90 minutes meant a lot to me.”
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