FORMER Town player and associate director Trevor Cherry is ready to add his weight to Leeds United's survival bid.
The ex-Elland Road star and England international is reported to be an adviser to a new consortium who want to step in to save the club.
Mr Cherry, who still lives in Huddersfield, would not comment specifically, but did say today: "I have a lot of affection for all three of my old clubs (he also had a spell at Bradford City), I don't like to see any of them in trouble, and I will do what I can to help if they are."
The consortium is believed to include Andrew Dick, a senior partner with Begbies Traynor, the insolvency specialists who ran Town when they were in administration last year.
It is believed it will take at least £20m to settle debts with Leeds' creditors.
A string of potential saviours have been linked with Leeds, who are battling relegation from the Premier League, a fate which would make the club's survival all the harder to ensure.
Mr Cherry, 56, who joined Leeds from Town in a £100,000 deal in 1972 and won a title medal with them two years later, believes they can retain top-flight status.
"They certainly have a stronger squad than several of the clubs near them in the table and the recent 4-1 win over Wolves has provided a platform," he said.
Mr Cherry still watches both Town and Leeds, who next play at Manchester United on Saturday.
US sports tycoon Malcolm Glazer has said he may make a bid to take control of the Old Trafford club - but he may decide to sell his shareholding instead.
Speculation that Mr Glazer was preparing an offer grew last week after he raised his stake in the club to 16.31%.
It was suggested he had instructed an investment bank to explore a takeover bid, but in a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Mr Glazer said no financial adviser had been appointed.
United shares fell 9.5p to 270p in early trade today.