By Harvey Byrne
Leeds have handed a one-year contract to defender Bryce Hosannah following his release from Crystal Palace, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC sports broadcaster Adam Pope claimed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday afternoon that the Yorkshire giants had signed the 18-year-old right-back for their Under-23s team.
I understand #lufc have brought in ex Palace youngster Bryce Hosannah on a year's deal into the U23s. He's a right back.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) August 12, 2017
The Pope claim follows a report HITC stating that Hosannah was on trial with the Elland Road outfit after spending last season in Crystal Palace’s Under-18 side.
The young teenager must have impressed watchers during his trial to have been handed a contract at the club and he will now be keen to impress as he hopes to forge a professional career.
New owner Andrea Radrizzani has put some investment into the academy since taking over the club earlier in the summer with Carlos Corberan joining as the academy director, while the likes of Adrian Balboa, Madger Gomes, Alejandro Machuca and Oriol Rey have all also been added to the squad.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds are clearly trying to reignite their once productive academy which saw the likes of James Milner, Jonathan Woodgate, Danny Rose and Alan Smith break through and fans will be pleased to see signings like Hosannah. Now, it is not a given that the young right-back will make the step up to the Whites’ first team and he certainly wouldn’t be the first player to join before disappearing into obscurity. However, there is still a hope that Hosannah can break into the first team picture and there certainly aren’t too many negatives about this signing.
In other Leeds transfer news, a potential new Whites signing has been spotted in Leeds.