Ingolstadt's Aussie counts his Leckie stars
Leckie, 23, penned a three-year deal with the German second tier outfit in May for AU$1.1 million after a strong 2.Bundesliga campaign with FSV Frankfurt.
But the ex-Adelaide United man became hot property on a whole new level with his excellent performances on the global stage of the World Cup, prompting speculation of another move.
Socceroos Jason Davidson, Adam Taggart, James Troisi and Ivan Franjic all landed transfers following the World Cup, but Leckie opted to stay at Ingolstadt.
Leckie told the Frankfurter Rundschau this week that he believed his decision to secure his future early helped him perform at the World Cup.
“This is an easy question in hindsight, but for me the decision was clear,” Leckie said.
“I signed my contract before the World Cup and maybe this was also the reason why I played so well.
“I didn’t have to worry about my future, I had a clear head.
“So I do not think my change to Ingolstadt was a bad decision.
“I'm happy with it, and who knows, maybe at the end of the season we will earn promotion into the Bundesliga.”
Leckie’s Ingolstadt are currently unbeaten and top of the 2.Bundesliga after nine matches.
The Australian has played all nine league games, scoring twice for the ambitious club owned by German manufacturing giants Audi.
Leckie returns to his former club this Sunday, when Ingolstadt take on FSV Frankfurt.
He reflected on his two seasons at FSV as vital in his career, where he was able to play regularly and establish himself at that level.
Perhaps Leckie’s next step is playing in the Bundesliga, but he refused to get carried away about Ingolstadt’s promotion hopes with 25 league games still to play.
“The season is still long and you never know what else will happen,” he said. “But until now we’ve done really well.”