Leeds setback opened door for top-flight dream
Published 12/02/2011 | 05:00
LEEDS United legend Billy Bremner crushed the hopes of a 19-year-old Terry Phelan when he released him in 1986.
Bremner thought Phelan, who joined Leeds aged 15, was too small to make the grade at full-back. "I would have loved to have stayed at Leeds and seen out my career there, but I can't grumble," Phelan said.
"It was a great time. I learned the game there. I met some amazing people and the fans were probably one of the best sets of fans in the world."
Ex-Leeds star Terry Yorath invited Phelan to join Swansea, and the Irish player eagerly accepted.
"I said to myself, 'I'm giving myself a year and I want to be playing in the top league'.
"So I worked my socks off for a year and Bobby Gould -- who I met only the other week in New Zealand, because his son is working here -- he ended up buying me for £90,000 and bringing me to Wimbledon."