SWINDON Town loanee Jordan Stevens has had his loan deal from Leeds United terminated by the County Ground club, manager John Sheridan has revealed.

The Swindon boss broke the news in Thursday’s pre-match press conference when asked to comment on rumours surrounding a possible move to Bradford City for the 20-year-old.

Sheridan confirmed Stevens had been sent back to Yorkshire early from his season-long loan before indirectly telling the Whites’ midfielder he must attack his career with more fire in his belly while understanding how lucky he is to be at Elland Road.

Stevens had missed a number of games and training sessions through illness since his arrival, and Sheridan alluded to the winger’s lack of dedication when explaining why the decision was made to send him back to Marcelo Bielsa.

Sheridan said: “I just don’t think it’s worked out for him. He was here before I arrived, but he hasn’t played a lot of games since I arrived.

“Jordan is a young kid who really needs to realise how lucky he is to be at a club like Leeds United.

“For Jordan’s sake – and this is me being honest to him – he needs to have a bit more fire in his belly and realise how fortunate he is to be a young footballer at a massive club, in my eyes.

“More than anything, he needs to enjoy being a player.

“If he does that, and comes into work on a daily basis with a smile on his face while saying to himself how lucky he is, I think it will help him wherever he goes next in his career.”

Stevens is now expected to complete his move to Bradford City after the weekend’s games.