O'Dea hoping for Whites stay

Celtic defender eager for permanent Leeds switch

Darren O'Dea: On-loan defender hoping to seal a permanent move to Leeds

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On-loan defender Darren O'Dea has confirmed he would like to seal a permanent move to Leeds United in the summer.

The Celtic stopper has made 32 Championship appearances after joining the West Yorkshire club on a season-long loan.

The 25-year-old will be a free agent in the summer and he has stated he will be looking to end his six-year stay at Parkhead.

O'Dea feels he is at the age where he needs to settle down with his family and believes there is no better place than Leeds.


"I'd like to stay at a club like Leeds."

Darren O'Dea

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"Obviously at the end of the season, I'll be looking to move from Celtic," O'Dea told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"I suppose it's down to me really (to earn a future at Leeds), but ultimately the manager to decide.

"When I first signed for the club, it was just a case of getting quite small bits agreed, which didn't happen. So I ended up coming on loan.

"I'm certainly at the stage of my career now where I've got family and need to settle down and there's no better place to be than Leeds.

"The manager has had seven games in charge now and we've kept four clean sheets and besides last Tuesday, we've looked very solid and that's down to everyone as a team.

"I think the manager thought when he maybe first came in that he needed to overhaul the whole squad and I think maybe now he's thinking that it just needs one or two tweaks.

"We'll wait and see where that leaves me as I don't know...But obviously, I'd like to stay at a club like Leeds."