Striker can't wait to get started...
Striker Dexter Blackstock will be drawing on all his experience following his loan move to Leeds United.
The 27-year-old joins on a three-month loan deal from Nottingham Forest and not only has he enjoyed success against United in the reecent past – scoring five in his last four games – he also knows what it’s like to play a prominent role for one of the Championship’s bigger clubs.
“Elland Road is one of those stadiums that you play at and think ‘this is a massive club’,” said Dexter. “You look at the ground, and the crowds… It’s similar to Forest in that you know it’s a big club, but when you actually get there…It is a massive club. I felt that on Thursday when I came in.
“I spoke to the manager and he was a big part of me coming here and where he wants to take the club.
“I was very impressed with him, and the squad of players here are a tight unit. I just wanted to come here and be a part of that.
“I’ve managed to score a few times against Leeds, had some good times at Elland Road, and long may it continue.”
The striker’s departure from Forest may have surprised many. Since joining in 2009, Blackstock has scored 36 goals from 98 starts, and was awarded a new four-year contract with the club during the summer.
“I signed a long term contract there and saw my future there, but nothing surprises me in football,” explained the striker.
“I was getting the odd game this season, but that’s not me. I was missing playing and wanted to come out and get playing, and what a place to come and do that.
"I’m here for three months and we’ll wait and see what happens beyond that.
“I’m a Forest player, and have three years left there so the ball is in their court, but I just want to get playing and get scoring. I feel a freshness about being at a new place, and I’m excited and looking forward to the next three months.
“There’s a good squad here and the lads are pulling in the right direction. Of course the club wants to do well. You don’t get Leeds United starting a season and not looking to be in the Play-Offs at the very least.”
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