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I'd love to be a Leeds legend like these guys but family comes first; Snoddy facing contract dilemma.

ROBERT SNODGRASS stands beside legends Bobby Collins, Billy Bremner, Gordon Strachan and Gary McAllister as Scots stars who have captained Leeds United.

But Snodgrass is only interested in being a legend among his own family and won't be forced into staying at Elland Road unless they give him the platform and the terms to pay back the relatives who invested their lives in him as a youngster.

The 24-year-old is facing a dilemma going into the final year of his deal at Leeds. He dreams of skippering United back to the Premiership but top-flight clubs are circling and he said: "It's a massive decision.

"I've been at Leeds for four years. I went down there as a boy, I've learned a lot and now I'm a man.

"I'm a Scotland international and doing as well as I possibly can. The next decision is vital but it's not about me, it's about my family and making the right decision for them.

"Before, it was always just about me and football but now I have my own wife and daughter. I also have family back home I need to try to help, nieces and nephews.

"I've told the chairman in the past I've just signed on the dotted line without any questions but I'm now questioning how much money they are going to give me.

"I went down there as a nobody, no one really knew who I was. For them to give me the chance was all I asked, so I just signed on the dotted line every time there was a new contract.

"But I'm at the stage of my career where I have to think what's best for my family. My mum and dad have always been there, even through tough times at Livingston, so it's just a way to repay what they've done for me. Family is the be all and end all and that's my reason for taking time and not just signing."

Naturally, the lure of becoming Scotland's latest hero at Leeds is appealing but he won't be rolled over at the expense of his loved ones . Snodgrass added: "I'd love to get into the Premier League with Leeds. I'm captain now, which is a different challenge.

"Eddie Gray and Peter Lorimer are about the club all the time. I've spoken to them about my situation and they've both said I need to make sure it's right - don't just jump at something.

"I could have maybe done that last year, jumped ship and tried to force Leeds to sell me, but I was happy. The chairman is trying to put a bit of pressure on me and he's telling me what plans he has for the club.

"But they told me the same type of plans the season before and it didn't work out so it's hard to buy into these things again."

Snodgrass is also unaffected by comments made by his manager Neil Warnock, who said he would help him get to the Premiership if Leeds missed out.

FUTURE The Scot added: "He has already said he won't be sticking around as manager for much longer. Who knows whether he has one or two more years left at Leeds? "It's all right for him to say he could get me a move but if he leaves the people above him in the football club are not going to worry about what he said.

"My future doesn't lie in the hands of Neil Warnock, it's in the hands of Robert Snodgrass."

Snodgrass has had to swap Orlando in Florida for Mount Florida due a fitness programme which forced him out of Saturday's international against the USA.

But he used his time to good effect to support the Tesco Bank Football Challenge at Hampden, where kids from over 30 schools attended.

Snodgrass hopes to be back at the National Stadium when the World Cup 2014 bid begins in September and admits his international aspirations will also be linked to his next club move.

He said: "I spoke to Craig Levein and he told me I was going to start against America but I had to pull out because of a rehab programme Leeds have given me for my back.

"It was a big decision but I wanted to be back fit and ready for pre-season. It's a friendly and if it was a qualifier it would be a different story - you'd put your body on your line.

"The manager has stressed I'm part of his plans and now it's about playing as well as I can."

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KIDS LOVE SNODDY J These youngsters were delighted to see Snodgrass promote Tesco Bank Football Challenge at Hampden
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Date:May 22, 2012
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