By Harvey Byrne
Lewis Cook has thanked Leeds and their supporters in a lengthy announcement as he departs for Bournemouth on Friday evening.
The 19-year-old midfielder has left the Elland Road club to play in the Premier League with Eddie Howe’s team.
In a statement released via his Twitter account, the England Under-19 international thanked the supporters of the Yorkshire giants for supporting him through his time at the club.
The youngster joined the Leeds academy at the age of six and has spent 12 years at the club before moving to the south coast.
He made 85 appearances for the Whites and has gone on to represent England at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level.
In his statement he said: “Leeds United has been my second home since I was 6 and I am sad to be leaving. I have had the best memories with this club and it wasn’t an easy decision.
“I would like to say a massive thank you to all the staff and players past and present for giving me the best start to my football career. Thank you to the fantastic fans for the support throughout my time at LUFC. I wish you all the best.”
The youngster joined Bournemouth on Friday evening for a fee that was undisclosed but believed to be around £7million.
Cook, 19, was named the Football League Young Player of the Year last month after beating off competition from fellow nominees Fulham striker Mousa Dembele and Walsall left-back Rico Henry to land the coveted gong.
Cook followed in the footsteps of the 2015 winner Dele Alli, who has gone onto receive international honours and wide acclaim in his first season at Tottenham. Gareth Bale (2007) and Fabian Delph (2009) are also internationally recognised previous winners of the award.
The young midfielder has been a mainstay of the Leeds team for the last two seasons, starting 41 of their 46 Championship matches in 2015/16 and providing further evidence of the potential that has made him a regular in the international set-up.