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Eddie Gray today revealed that David Batty will not feature in his first team plans for the remainder of the season.

Batty, whose United contract lapses this summer, has made 12 starts this season for the first team after being frozen out during Terry Venables' tenure at the helm, and given a chance again by Peter Reid when he took over as manager.

Eddie told Leedsunited.com,

"I've made the decision that I won't play David for the rest of this season, purely from a footballing point of view.

"I had a chat to David, he knows how I feel, and I think it's been a little frustrating for him as well, especially in the last three or four weeks, so I just told David what I feel, and we'll leave it at that.

"He's been a great player at this club, and for his other clubs, but I had to make a decision I felt was the right one."

Batty started his career with Leeds after joining from local side Tingley Athletic, signing apprentice forms in July 1985, and after a fractured ankle delayed his debut, he finally played in his first game for United against Swindon Town in November 21, 1987. He went on to win the old First Division title under Howard Wilkinson and was a huge influence on that side.

There were some protests when Batty was sold to Blackburn in 1993, he won the Premiership with them and later moved on to Newcastle before going full circle and signing for United again when he became David O'Leary's first signing as Leeds manager in December 1998 for £4.4million.

The midfielder was dropped by O'Leary's successor, Terry Venables and did not feature at all last season. He missed out on a recall to the team when Peter Reid took over due to injury.

This season he has been limited to 12 starts and has not featured in the first team since the 1-0 Premiership defeat by Newcastle United on January 7.

Meanwhile, Jamie McMaster has extended his loan spell at Chesterfield. The young striker has scored twice in his last two league games for the Spireites.

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What can I say... Thanx a whole bunch David for all the commitment and hard work you have given to the club. You were a real team player and somebody who was Leeds United through and through! So again, thanyou and I wish David the best for the rest of his future... :)
 

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So is he ona free at the end of the season then? wouldn't mind seeing him in a Derby shirt, i've always liked Batty a good solide defencive midfielder to let the attacking ones go forward, that's tactics i like to see.
 

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Liked the guy for his passion :) unfortunately his penalty miss will be what most people will remember him for :( he'll definitely be missed by many including me!

Why have Leeds decided to get rid of him btw? :confused: surely if they needed someone to steer them away from relegation and to pump everyone else up, he'd be the guy!!
 

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He has given a lot to this club and will always be remembered by the fans.His working mentality is an example to our other players to follow.Maybe we'll see him back in Leeds United some day as a coach or even manager.
 

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Andy Christ said:
Maybe we'll see him back in Leeds United some day as a coach or even manager.
Yeah, that's what I would like to see. To answer your question Wally, I'm not 100% sure mate. I think it's just because there was so much doubt about wether he would playa gain. I guess now he does not have to put in the effort for nothing.
 

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I don't know what to think about this. As a player Eddie is one of my all time heroes but it looks as if he's treated Batty disgracefully or is there something we don't know? Perhaps something to do with the wage deferral rebellion?
 

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Possibly, but I think he did it to help David. Now david doesn't have to train and keep trying to get a position that isn't there for him... Although it might be nice to have an experienced player like that just incase...
 
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