Barmby sees Leeds future
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Everton, Middlesbrough, Liverpool and Tottenham man had fallen out of favour under former boss Peter Reid, but is looking to feature for Eddie Gray.
Gray is currently in temporary charge of The Whites, until a long-term successor can be found, and has secured four points from his opening three matches.
Barmby revealed he loves his job, and is eager to force his way back in to the squad and help the side climb out of the relegation zone.
"I know I'm very fortunate in my work. I love my job, training and going in. I want to play," said Barmby. "The main thing I have to prove is I have a future at Leeds.
"Without a doubt you only have to win two games and you're in mid table. It's very tight, except the top three, but you can put a run together, and you're way up there."
The former England international conceded the players have discussed rumours of the club's takeover, but the squad are focusing on performing on the pitch.
"Obviously there is talk in the dressing room, but the main thing is we stick together and get on with it," he added.
Meanwhile, Gray has confirmed Batty has made good progress on the ankle ligaments he strained in training last week.
It had been feared the experienced midfielder could be out for up to three weeks, but he could now be in line for a shock return against The Cottagers.
Batty missed last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Elland Road and was replaced by Irish midfielder Stephen McPhail in the middle of the park.