Leeds United midfielder on preparations ahead of Manchester United clash
Ahead of Leeds United's season opener against Manchester United on Saturday, midfielder Jack Harrison spoke of his excitement at the start of a new campaign.
Harrison signed a permanent contract with Leeds in the summer, following three seasons on loan at Elland Road, including 36 Premier League appearances last term.
"It's a very exciting time. Everyone was really pleased with how we ended last season, so we're just trying to work off the back of that.
"Pre-season has been as tough as always. Everyone hears about how hard they are at Leeds United, but it's been good for us, we're all in really good shape, and looking forward to get back playing."
With fans able to experience a Premier League away day for the first time in 17 seasons, first up is a clash against perennial rivals Manchester United.
"It's going to be a massive game for everyone involved. For the fans, it'll be a great first game back. Everyone is looking forward to it, so we have to make sure that we're as prepared as possible, and that we're ready for the big challenge."
"We always try to approach every game in the same way. We're always looking at areas that we can improve, and we've continued doing that throughout pre-season. When we arrive at Old Trafford, it's the first game of the season, all the fans will be there, then add in all the history with Manchester United. Everything will be amplified, it should be a very interesting game."
With a portion of fans allowed back for last season's finale against West Brom, Harrison also spoke of the impact of having a strong following behind the players, both home and away.
"It'll be great to have fans back. The final game of last season, even though we had only 8,000 in attendance, it made the biggest difference, so we're really looking forward to playing in front of them again."
After finishing ninth in our first season back in the Premier League, Harrison believes the side won't be resting on their laurels.
"It'll be good if we can work off the back of last season. It was a very successful year for us as a club, our first year back in the Premier League, so if we can use that as a springboard and improve, it'll be great. We're a very ambitious club, all the players have got high hopes, high standards and we’ll be working hard to achieve our goals."