Alan Tate to start for Leeds United tomorrow after making loan move from Swansea City
ALAN Tate has said goodbye to Swansea City — for now — after joining Leeds United on loan until January 1.
Tate, who made his Swansea debut ten years ago today, will start for Leeds against Championship leaders Crystal Palace at Elland Road tomorrow.
The 30-year-old could feature in nine second-tier games for Neil Warnock's men, though he will not be involved in their Capital One Cup quarter-final against Chelsea as he has already played in the competition this season.
Swansea's long-standing vice-captain has been marginalised this term under Michael Laudrup.
The Dane told Tate during pre-season that he could look for a new club, but the former Manchester United insisted he would stay on and fight for his place.
He has played four times for Swansea in this campaign — and started three times — but has not figured since the 3-0 thumping by Everton in September.
He has gone to Yorkshire in search of games, but it seems unlikely this will be the end of Tate's Swansea story.
The versatile defender is contracted until 2015 and is due a testimonial next year.
The County Durham- born star has declared himself an honorary Jack after a decade in these parts and has indicated that he hopes to stay on at Swansea even after his playing days come to an end.
Neil Warnock is a long-time admirer of Tate, and has got his man after a takeover at Elland Road this week freed up transfer funds.
"He is a lad who I've always enjoyed playing against," said the Leeds manager.
"He is a leader and I felt these last few weeks we've lacked leaders. It's great to have him in.
"We're short on bodies in there, so he'll play on Saturday. He's got a great attitude — it's a super club for him."
Leeds are currently 18th in the Championship having lost their last three games.