By Harvey Byrne

Noel Whelan shared his surprise when Leeds allowed forward Lewis Walters to leave earlier in the summer and the youngster has now joined Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

The 21-year-old revealed the deal at the City Ground via his personal Instagram account on Friday afternoon.

However, Walters saw his contract expire at Elland Road alongside seven other youngsters earlier this year.

One person the decision particularly shocked was former striker Whelan and in May he shared that he thought the youngster hadn’t been given enough time at the club.

“I’m a little bit surprised that Lewis Walters has not been given another contract,” wrote Whelan in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I thought he was somebody that could be a serious contender to start so that’s something I am a little bit disappointed about.

“I don’t think he has been given enough time and he definitely has the attributes there to be a great player. It’s obviously not to be, so we’ll just have to take that one on the chin.”

Walters failed to make a senior appearance for the Whites during his time at the club, but he was highly regarded within the youth system.

The Harrogate-born youngster progressed through the ranks at Leeds’ Thorp Arch, signing his first professional deal with the side in 2013.

He also travelled with the first-team squad for the pre-season training camp in Italy in the summer of 2014.

Walters will now join up with Forest and will be expected to play for the Under-23’s, but he will have one eye on the senior team.

In other Leeds news, fans have wished Frank Mulhern all the best after moving to Southport on loan.