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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 July, 2003, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
McLeod agrees new deal
Kevin McLeod
McLeod played 11 times for QPR, scoring twice
Kevin McLeod believes his play-off final experience will help him break into the Everton first-team after signing a one-year contract extension.

McLeod, 22, spent the last three months of the season on loan at QPR and played in the Second Division play-off final against Cardiff.

Despite the interest of a number of Nationwide clubs, McLeod has returned to Goodison Park intent on breaking into David Moyes' first team.

"I was always going to stay at Everton," McLeod told the Everton website.

"Everything's been sorted out now and it's a weight off my mind.

"All I have to do is prove this year that I can do it. I'm more experienced. I know what to do in games; I know where to play - so hopefully I can get back in the first team.

"When I went to QPR, it made me grow up a little bit more both on and off the pitch.

"I went down there, got the play-off final and was very disappointed that they didn't win because they're a great club.

"But I learnt a lot more going there than if I was to stay here and play for the reserves."

McLeod made just one first-team appearance for Everton last season - in their FA Cup defeat against Shrewsbury.






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