Leeds United new boy Kasper Schmeichel is aiming high but knows just how tough it will be to meet the expectations of the club's "awesome" supporters as the newly promoted npower Championship team look to keep their momentum going towards an eventual Premier League return.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper - son of Manchester United's legendary keeper Peter Schmeichel - was Leeds Manager Simon Grayson's first summer signing, joining from Notts County who last term he helped win the League 2 title.
Like his new club, Schmeichel is aiming for a top flight return having started his career with Manchester City.
While at Eastlands he gained Championship experience through loan spells with Cardiff City and Coventry City. And the young keeper told football-league.co.uk: "The Championship is a very tough League with high standards, as I found out.
"So although Leeds have a great history and everybody connected with the club wants to see them back in the Premier League, it's going to be a difficult task.
"I'm delighted to be here though, and I'm relishing the challenge after enjoying my time at Notts County in a great season for the club.
"I sincerely hope they do well in League 1, but when Leeds came in for me and offered me the opportunity to play for them that's all I wanted to do.
"I settled in quickly thanks to everyone being really great to me, including the supporters who I think are awesome - there's no other word to describe them.
"We saw that all the way through pre-season with the amount of fans we took to our friendly matches, and now in the League the support is amazing.
"They packed Elland Road for the first match and then did the same in the visitors' end at Nottingham Forest on Sunday - they were absolutely brilliant!"
Leeds collected their first point of the season at Forest, a hard-earned 1-1 draw following their opening day 2-1 home defeat by Derby County and a comfortable 4-0 Carling Cup win against Lincoln City.
With several new signings in the side as well as Schmeichel, it may take a while for United to click into top gear. But the keeper is confident that Grayson's men can give a good account of themselves in the Championship.
Schmeichel said: "The Manager has signed some very talented players, all of them fairly young but with good experience. We're getting to know each other well and we can grown together as a team - and hopefully give those great fans what they want."
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