LEEDS United’s status as a sleeping giant convinced England Under-21 international striker Connor Wickham to make another Yorkshire switch.

Wickham has joined Leeds from his parent club Sunderland on loan until the end of the season after spending a similar spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

During this season’s stint with the Owls he bagged eight goals in 11 games. Now his aim is to reignite United’s push to the Championship play-offs.

He said: “I’d been playing at Wednesday and I knew there was some interest in me, but I just needed to focus on playing football.

“Once I heard Leeds were interested in signing me there were no other choices and no doubt I wanted to come.”

Added the Ispwich-born ace: “I played against Leeds earlier this season. The potential here is big. There are some players here I know already, and the team is looking to push towards the play-offs. Hopefully I can help with that.

“I just want to play football and do the best I can, and hopefully push the team into the promotion picture.”