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Kilkenny plans European stay

Aussie will not return home as he prepares to leave Leeds

Last Updated: 26/05/11 10:23am

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Kilkenny: Set to leave Leeds but has yet to make a decision on his long-term future

Kilkenny: Set to leave Leeds but has yet to make a decision on his long-term future

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Leeds United midfielder Neil Kilkenny intends to resolve his future upon his return from international duty with Australia.

Kilkenny is out of contract at Elland Road at the end of June and looks set to leave on a free transfer after failing to agree a new deal.

The 25-year-old has ruled out playing in Australia's A-League and will assess his options after playing for the Socceroos against New Zealand and Serbia next month.

"I'm concentrating on European football," he said. "I want to play at the highest level and that's in Europe.

"There's been a lot of talk about my future for the last six or seven months. I'm just trying to focus on my football and my chances for Australia. When I get back to England I'll sort out my future then.

"I'm here to play for Australia and I want to concentrate on that as much as possible."


Kilkenny is experiencing a Socceroo renaissance of sorts with coach Holger Osieck taking a liking to the dynamic 25-year-old, who came off the bench four times in January's Asian Cup campaign.

It is a welcome change of fortunes at international level for Kilkenny after falling out of favour with former boss Pim Verbeek.

"Unfortunately certain circumstances were at the head of that but there's new management and hopefully I'll get a little run in the team," he said.

"(Osieck is) very good. He picks players on merit and now all the players know what they have to do - perform for our clubs, or when we come away with the Socceroos we'll find that we're not in the squad.

"When I meet up with the squad I'll have to impress as much as possible to try and get a bit of game time."

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