Striker who was the next big thing at Elland Road bombed out by new club within weeks
By Alex Stevens
Former Leeds striker Frank Mulhern will be released by Huddersfield at the end of the season, it was announced on Tuesday.
The official Huddersfield website revealed that Mulhern, 20, is one of four members of the club’s Under-23s squad who will be free to find new clubs.
The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international will be joined through the exit door by midfielders Jamie Spencer and Sam Warde, and fellow attacker Ronan Coughlan.
It is a shattering blow for Leeds academy product Mulhern, who won a short-term contract at Huddersfield after quitting Elland Road at the start of the year.
Leeds fans were shocked when Huddersfield revealed on their website in early February that Mulhern had been included in their Under-23s side that beat Crewe Alexandra as part of a trial that eventually earned him a deal.
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It came after the striker ended his contract at Leeds with six months remaining in what remain unexplained circumstances.
Mulhern will now be exiting a leading Championship club for the second time in this calendar year.
The Huddersfield website reports that the forward started four games for their Under-23s before his season was prematurely ended by injury.
The failed bid to resurrect his career at Leeds’ bitter rivals comes little more than 18 months since Mulhern was being talked about as a future first-team star at Elland Road.
The club’s former academy chief Paul Hart had spoken warmly of the young Irishman after he had signed a two-year professional contract in the summer of 2015.
“Frankie is a first year pro, he was a scholar last year,” Hart told LUTV. “He’s particularly impressed me with his fantastic ability; he can score, he can take people on, he drifts past people in a very smooth way.
“He’s got a bit to do, but after three games: his attitude, what he’s taken on board, he listens – it’s very good to see him doing well.”
Mulhern was a regular for the Leeds Under-23s team last season and then agreed a loan to non-league Southport earlier in this campaign.
But the young forward struggled to make an impact at the Merseyside outfit and returned to his parent club after making a single appearance.
In other Leeds United news, the deal is all but done for the club to complete the transfer of an experienced Premier League man from West Ham.