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Dickinson excited by Leeds move

Carl Dickinson
Dickinson was a key part of Stoke's promotion-winning team last season

New Leeds United signing Carl Dickinson is aiming to make an immediate impact.

The 21-year-old has joined on a month's loan from Stoke and could make his debut at Brighton on Saturday.

He told BBC Radio Leeds: "They are not doing as well as a lot of people thought they would, but everybody knows that Leeds are a massive club.

"The club and the fans are brilliant. Their home crowds are amazing - I'm looking forward to meeting the fans and hopefully I can perform well for them."

But while Dickinson is relishing the prospect of a new opportunity, he revealed he was surprised that he was allowed to leave Stoke.

"I wasn't expecting to go out on loan but [manager] Tony Pulis said that he wanted me to go on loan to get some games and match fitness under my belt," he added.

"I've not been playing as much as I'd have liked at Stoke so hopefully this move will be a good one for me.

"I was always willing to fight for my place at Stoke but the manager wanted me to go and get some match fitness and I was happy with that because my last game was against Hartlepool in the Cup.

"I think my last game before that was about two months ago so I'm just looking forward to getting to Leeds and hopefully playing some games."

Dickinson, who played on loan under current Leeds boss Simon Grayson when he was in charge at Blackpool, is hoping he can help shore up Leeds' defence, which has kept only five clean sheets this season.

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"I like to put a tackle in - if the ball is there to be won, then I'll try my hardest to win it," he said.

"I'm a physical player but I'd like to think I've got a bit about me when I've got the ball as well.

"I can guarantee that I'll work as hard as I can and bring a lot of commitment to Leeds."

Dickinson could be one of two debutants on show for Leeds on Saturday, with Richard Naylor also likely to be involved after signing on loan from Ipswich for a month.



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