Leeds the only place for me - Hulse
New Leeds striker Rob Hulse needed little convincing over a move to Elland
Road where he hopes to get his career back on track after a year of
frustration at West Brom.
Hulse has joined Leeds on loan until the end of the season. The club
confirmed the deal on Wednesday to ensure he is available for the final game
of the Championship campaign at home to Rotherham.
There was interest from promotion-chasing Ipswich, Wigan and Sunderland for
Hulse, who turned his back on a £1.2m move to Stoke to join Leeds.
His arrival could provide the impetus the club need to make one final
concerted effort for a top-six finish.
Hulse is initially delighted to be given the opportunity to play again after
being frozen out at The Hawthorns.
Following a £750,000 move from Crewe in the summer of 2003, where he scored
51 goals in 131 appearances, Hulse top scored for Albion last season with 13
goals to help steer the club back into the Premiership.
But he has made just seven substitute appearances this term and said: "I see
this as the ideal opportunity to get me playing football again.
"I'm under no illusions. I need to be playing football and I see Leeds
United as the best place to be.
"I'd been told quite a few clubs had come in for me and wanted to take me
out on loan, but as soon as I knew Leeds were interested - well, it's a
"It didn't take much selling. It's Leeds United. You come to the training
ground and there's everything here to make a footballer get better, stronger
"It's just a case now of getting match fitness under my belt and hopefully
that won't take too long because I've looked after myself and I've worked
extremely hard in the gym and after training."
Hulse's arrival gives Blackwell the opportunity to revert to a 4-4-2
formation, with Northern Ireland striker David Healy joining the new recruit
in attack as he has so far often been deployed wide left of a 4-3-3.
"It's been no secret we've needed another forward," said Blackwell, who has
offered chances to Brian Deane, Julian Joachim and Michael Ricketts.
"We've been creating chances, but not finishing them off, which has been a
concern since the beginning of the season.
"But the chairman [Ken Bates] has come in and said if we can do something on
loan then we will do it, and I'm delighted we have been able to bring Rob
"Now we have a player who is a proven striker at this level. He's the right
age, fits the mould and has a great strike record - one in 2.7 - so there's
a lot of positives."