Soccer gossip: Leeds, Blades, York, Hull, Doncaster

STEPHEN QUINN ADMITS he is desperate to return to the Premier League ‘promised land’ with Hull City - after enjoying a sparkling debut for the Tigers on Saturday.

The Irish midfielder, who moved from Sheffield United on transfer deadline day, crowned his bow by netting City’s third goal on 49 minutes as they came from back to beat relegated Bolton Wanderers 3-1 in the Championship.

Quinn, 26, said: “I’ve played in the Premier League before and it’s the promised land.

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“This club is striving for the Premier League again and I think it should be up there and pushing this season. I really wanted to be a part of that.

“The manager didn’t need to persuade me, I know what a good club it is and how good the players here are.”

Another player who moved on Friday was former Barnsley and Blackpool winger Adam Hammill, who joined Huddersfield Town on loan until January and he says the chance to link up again with Town boss Simon Grayson proved a persuasive factor.

The Scouser, who made his debut off the bench in the 2-2 weekend draw at Ipswich and who spent a spell on loan at Middlesbrough last term, said: “I’ve left Wolves to play as many games as possible. I’ve played in this League before and I’ve done well in it, so hopefully I can eventually establish myself in the side under Simon Grayson.

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“I know the manager well because I’ve played under him at Blackpool – he knows what to expect from me and me from him, so it’s a good match.”

Meanwhile, Leeds United’s El-Hadji Diouf is vowing to achieve legendary status after penning a deal to stay at Elland Road until January.

The Senegalse international kick-started United’s comeback against former club Blackburn Rovers in Saturday’s enthralling 3-3 draw with a goal just before the break, revealed he turned down lucrative offers from the Middle East to remain at United on a £5,000 per week contract.

He added: “It’s not about money or anything, it’s about the challenge.

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“I could have gone to Qatar, Dubai or somewhere else, but the challenge is bigger here. If I help get Leeds back into the Premier League, then I’ll be a legend.”

After three successive defeats, Barnsley claimed some respite from their woes with a much-needed 1-0 success over Bristol City at Oakwell, with assistant-boss Dave Flitcroft full of praise for the performance of the Reds, down to their last 12 senior players due to a crippling injury crisis and who went down to ten men on 53 minutes after veteran defender Bobby Hassell was dismissed.

Flitcroft added: “It was a dominant performance, Bristol City couldn’t handle our shape or intensity. We absolutely controlled it, dominated it, although it was a lot more difficult because of the sending off.”

Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders admits losing James Coppinger in the build-up to Saturday’s 2-1 loss at Yeovil was far from ideal, with the midfielder receiving a call from his agent while Rovers were travelling to the south-west telling him to get off the coach and travel up to Nottingham Forest after old Keepmoat boss Sean O’Driscoll had arranged a loan deal.

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Coppinger was promptly dropped off at a motorway service station in Bristol before being driven back up north.

Saunders rued: “To lose such a good player so late on Friday afternoon, and to have to drop him off on the way to the hotel, was just another obstacle put in our way.

“Instead of players concentrating on the game on the way down, they were saying goodbye to James. If we had have been in a better financial position, we’d have told Forest he wasn’t going.”

New Sheffield United signing Dave Kitson says he will be working hard to boost his fitness levels this week to put him in contention for Saturday’s League One clash at Scunthorpe.

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The much-travelled striker watched the Blades’ thrilling 5-3 weekend win over Bournemouth and is now concentrating on putting in the hard yards on the training ground to give boss Danny Wilson another attacking option.

He said: “I did a pre-season at Portsmouth but I’ve been working on my own for five weeks and it’s not the same without having other players to push you. So I’ll need a good hard week of training and possibly a few sessions in the gym before I’m ready.”

Rotherham United are expected to confirm the signing of a new defender today with the player watching Saturday’s emphatic 4-0 derby win over Bradford in League Two.

Millers boss Steve Evans also revealed the club rejected an offer from a Championship club for striker Gareth Evans - who bagged a brace against his old club at the weekend - ahead of Friday’s deadline.

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Meanwhile, new York City signing Clarke Carlisle has been given boss Gary Mills blessing to continue his burgeoning media career and work as PFA chairman after signing for the Minstermen.

Carlisle has appeared on BBC’s Question Time, Match Of The Day 2 and Sky Sports in recent times and is also halfway through a Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting degree.

The ex-Leeds and Burnley defender said: “I’ve had a word with the manager because one of the biggest things for current professionals is formulating an exit strategy. I’m doing that presently and, as long as it does not impede on my training and playing commitments, the manager has agreed that I can continue doing one or two things.”

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