Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas says the club’s playing staff had no hesitation in deferring part of their wages amid the ongoing suspension of football across the country.
It was announced last week that the club’s players – along with management and senior staff – have volunteered to take a wage deferral, in order to ensure that the rest of Leeds’ non-playing staff could still be paid in full in the wake of the current uncertain financial situation.
Speaking to Sky Sports about the decision he and his teammates made in taking that wage deferral, Dallas said: “It’s not just about us, it’s a world crisis. We’re all in this together and if everyone pulls together then we’ll get through it. But as players it was the first thing we wanted to do.
“Football has to take a back-seat, but we have to put the work in now and be ready for when the time comes.
“We have to focus on the end goal and that is ultimately promotion for us so we have to be ready.”
Describing how he is finding the process of training at home during the current lockdown, Dallas went on to reveal: “The club have been good and given us everything we need to keep our fitness levels up.
“It’s difficult training by yourself but we have to make sure we’re in the best possible shape for when football does return.”
When the season does resume, Leeds will re-start the campaign in a strong position to finally secure promotion back to the Premier League, with Dallas and co. currently top of the Championship tables, seven points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games of the season still to be played at some point.
You have to take your hat off to Dallas and his Leeds teammates here.
Certain elements of the football have understandably come under fire in recent weeks for the way they have dealt with the financial uncertainty during the current crisis.
That however, is not something that can be levelled at Leeds here, who have done the right thing in helping to support members of the club at all levels, with a decision that was made quickly to avoid any uncertainty for those who may have found themselves in a difficult situation given what is going on.