Played a few times in 1996 and sometimes looked okay, sometimes
out of his depth. Injured for a while, had a year out of the first
team before coming on as a sub against Wimbledon at the end of
1997-98. He had a loan spell at Huddersfield but found himself
overlooked on his return to Leeds.
Mark became a regular in the reserves, but with the injuries
clearing up and the arrival of Michael Duberry, his future
prospects didn't look good. In the end he was released and went to
Scunthorpe on a free transfer in March 2000. After an injury
knocked him out of contention at the start of 2000-01, Mark
returned to the side and did well at right back and centre back -
and even managed to score the first goal of his professional
career. In 2001-02 he only missed one game, captaining the side on
several occasions and scoring the winner in the crunch game against
local rivals Hull.