Date: 28th February 2018 at 7:59am
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By Richard Parks

Leeds United have agreed to sign Pontardawe Town goalkeeper Matthew Turner – and fans have taken to Twitter to express their delight.

The Welsh League club’s academy Twitter account has revealed that the shot-stopper, 16, will head to Elland Road in June.

Turner was pictured training with the Leeds youth team when they were at the Aspire training academy in Qatar last week.

The teenager did enough to impress the coaching staff of the Championship giants and a deal has now been secured for him to transfer from Pontardawe Town, who are a Welsh League club playing in Division Two. 

Fans of Pontardawe are delighted for Turner, who has sealed a move to a high profile club, while the Leeds faithful are excited at landing a player who has delivered some “outstanding” displays this season.

One supporter hailed the youngster as “the next Gary Sprake”, the Welsh keeper who was United’s number one for more than a decade in the 1960s and 1970s when they were a dominant side in the English game.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

The signing of Turner comes at a time when Leeds have issues surrounding their senior goalkeepers.

Felix Wiedwald has been the number one for most of the season after signing from Werder Bremen last summer for a fee of around £500,000.

But he lost his starting place in October following a number of errors and only regained it as his deputy Andy Lonergan fared even worse.

Ex-Leeds keeper Paul Robinson has led the calls for the club to sign a new senior goalkeeper this summer who can be relied upon to consistently deliver the goods.

In other Leeds United news, the club have agreed the terms of an £8.5million deal, with the first payment scheduled for the summer.

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