Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills is enjoying an extended career within football, but behind the microphone, as a pundit for Sky Sports and TalkSPORT. Appearing on the Alan Brazil breakfast show this morning, Mills gave his verdict on Leeds United’s prospects for the current season.

When Mills plied his trade for Leeds United back from 1999 to 2004, in a team that were on the cusp of something special at Elland Road, with a very young and very hungry squad, but ultimately, other than a couple of impressive Premier League finishes and a Champions League semi-final, the promise that Leeds United showed was never truly realised.

Eventually the crippling debt the club had accrued in a valiant attempt at regular Champions League football came to a fore, bringing Leeds United and all who existed within it, hurtling towards a financial disaster that would see them slump as low as League 1 in the aftermath of their gamble.

Leeds have not seen Premier League football since… but Mills believes that time is almost up on that top-flight exodus and that this will be the season where his former employers realise their fifteen-year-old ambition of returning to the top table.

When prompted on his thoughts by host Brazil, here is what Danny Mills thinks in regards to this seasons promotion race within the second tier of English football…

“I’ve said all along, if you finish above Leeds, I think you get automatic promotion. Realistically I can’t see them finishing much further down than third. I think they are one of the best teams in the Championship,” Mills told talkSPORT.

“I think they play some of the best football & defensively they’ve been absolutely superb. They have not quite been clinical enough at times in front of goal, but they are still there are thereabout, and I think the experience of last season will drive them on.”

Words that will resonate with supporters of the Whites, but they will only allow themselves measured optimism following last seasons failings.