Jack Harrison: Winger returns to Leeds on loan from Manchester City
Harrison scored six goals and provided eight assists for Leeds during 2019/20 Championship season; Leeds also sign teenager Joe Gelhardt from Wigan
By Dan Sansom
Last Updated: 11/08/20 3:18pm
Jack Harrison has returned to Leeds on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City, with a view to a permanent move.
Harrison has spent the last two seasons on loan at Elland Road, making 91 appearances and scoring 10 goals in all competitions.
The 23-year-old, who has been capped by England at U21 level, featured in every game for Leeds last season - scoring six goals and providing eight assists - as Marcelo Bielsa's side won the Sky Bet Championship title.
Harrison told Sky Sports News: "Obviously it's nice to be back here at a club where I've been settled, where I've been playing in the last two years and I know everything that goes on here. I'm delighted to be back here again next year, especially in the Premier League.
"I think for myself and the club we achieved something massive. Making it to the Premier League was always our ambition and now we're there we have to set ourselves new goals, myself included, and I'm just excited to get going."
On playing under Bielsa, Harrison added: "It's an incredible experience. It's completely different to anything else any other player would experience.
"As a young player I'm always looking to learn, always looking for new opportunities and he's provided that and I've been so grateful playing under him.
"The amount of time I've had on the pitch and the amount of detail I've learnt about the game as well, it's been massive for me and I'm only looking to improve on that as well."
Playing for Manchester United and Liverpool during his youth career, Harrison left the UK and went to college in America and was the number one pick in the MLS SuperDraft in 2016, joining New York City.
After impressing at the Yankee Stadium, Harrison was signed by sister club Manchester City in January 2018, before moving on loan to Middlesbrough.
Since joining Leeds, the winger has been one of the first names on the team sheet under Bielsa and he will continue his journey at Elland Road, as the club prepare for a return to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years.
Whites sign Wigan youngster
Leeds have also announced the signing of Joe Gelhardt from Wigan on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Gelhardt made his Wigan debut in August 2018 at the age of 16 against Rotherham in the Carabao Cup.
The 18-year-old made one further appearance for the Latics during the 2018/19 campaign, earning a league debut in the Championship against Birmingham.
Last season the striker featured more regularly for the DW Stadium outfit, making two starts and 17 outings from the bench in all competitions.
He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with Hull City in the Championship last September.
The striker has been capped by England at U16, U17 and U18 level and featured in the European Championship in 2019 for the U17s.
Leeds confirm largest commercial deal in club's history
Leeds and SBOTOP have entered into a multi-year partnership which will see the global sports betting brand become principal sponsor of the club.
The SBOTOP logo will feature on the front of Leeds' new kit, due to launch later this month, as well as appearing as a sponsor on the club's official training wear.
The sponsorship represents the largest commercial deal in the club's history.
Leeds executive director Paul Bell told Sky Sports News: "The step up from the Championship to the Premier League is huge and it is significant. The Premier League attracts a different portfolio of brands that want true global exposure.
"With the Premier League reaching one billion households, we're able to talk to different brands in different ways and SBOTOP is significant for the club. We're delighted to work with them for our first season back."
Summer transfer window - key dates and times
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