By Richard Parks
Bristol Rovers have signed forward Liverpool youngster Kris Owens after he underwent a Leeds United trial, according to a report.
The Bristol Post claim that the left-back, 19, spent time with the Yorkshire giants after he was released by Liverpool last summer.
It is said that Owens, who had played for the Merseyside club’s academy since the age of nine, also had a trial at Leeds’ Championship rivals QPR.
Rovers announced on their official website that the teenager, who can also play on the left wing, has signed a short-term deal with their development squad.
The youngster goes straight into Rovers’ development squad to take on their MK Dons counterparts in a behind-closed-doors match tomorrow, with the original match being postponed today due to a waterlogged pitch.
Football Insider verdict:
Had Leeds, and not Rovers, signed an unproven 19-year-old, even one who has spent 10 years in the Liverpool academy, there would have been a social media uproar. It is safe to say the United faithful have had enough of their club signing dizzying number of youngster to swell their youth team, and want bona fide proven players at or approaching their peak. There is unlikely to be too much disappointment at missing out on Owens, even though January left-back signing Laurens De Bock has failed to make much of an impact.
In other Leeds United news, it can be revealed that the club have launched a bid to sign a Premier League centre-forward in the form of his life.