Jack Jenkins has waved goodbye to Salford City fans on Instagram after a season on loan with the League Two club, confirming his return to Leeds United – but declaring himself “gutted” with the way the season panned out late on.

The 21-year-old midfielder finished his loan with just 11 appearances to his name for the side, who did finish in the top six. Ultimately, the season ended in failure as they were knocked out of the play-offs on penalties by Stockport.

Jenkins began well and was in and around the starting XI, regularly named on the bench but getting game time. An injury in December was eventually operated on, and it kept him out until he returned to the bench on March 25.

But is has been a poor loan for Jenkins, who has actually failed to play a single game for Salford since the turn of the year. Despite this, he declared himself “gutted” at Salford failing to win in the play-offs – confirming a Leeds return.

Jack Jenkins waves goodbye to Salford and confirms return to Leeds

Jenkins now is in a quandary. A player that was given his senior debut by Marcelo Bielsa, but was part of the Leeds side that were hammered 3-0 by Crawley Town in the FA Cup – a Crawley side that included Towie star Mark Wright.

He has little future at Leeds and his loan at Salford is proof of that. While he is clearly a good player with potential, he is not going to be able to exercise that at Leeds. Salford was supposed to give him the platform to go and shine.

Now, he will find that interest in his services is going to reduce. He has 12 months remaining on his deal at Elland Road but if letting him go permanently on a free helps increase interest in him – then Leeds need to let Jenkins go.

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