By Dominic Toner

Young midfielder Conor Shaughnessy has joined Leeds on a permanent basis, it was announced on Thursday.

Leeds have confirmed on their website that they have signed the free agent on a one-year deal.

They have announced that the 20-year-old will link-up straight with the development squad following his move.

The youngster was a free agent following his release from Reading in the summer and will hope to reignite his career at Elland Road.

Leeds have revealed that the midfielder is in contention to face Crewe in the club’s under-23 Professional Development League fixture on Friday.

Garry Monk will not introduce Shaughnessy straight into the first team but he will hope to impress in the club’s youth set-up, and is able to operate at either central midfield or as a defensive midfielder.

The Leeds manager did complete a deadline-day deal for midfielder Eunan O’Kane, who is expected to go straight into the first-team following his move from Bournemouth.

Football League website The 72 revealed in July that the youngster was undergoing a trial with Leeds.

The Irish midfielder has attracted other clubs this summer and he also been on trial with League One outfit Sheffield United, playing in their 5-0 victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels.

He played 34 times for Reading in the Under-21 Premier League last season and scored one goal.

In other Leeds transfer news, the fans have reacted on Twitter as a senior player has abruptly quit.