By Wayne Veysey

2nd Mar, 2017 | 8:11pm

Leeds goalkeeper told he is free to leave the club - report

By Alex Stevens

Leeds academy goalkeeper Theo Richardson has been told he is free to leave the club, according to an Elland Road insider.

The Leeds United Academy Twitter account has claimed that teenager has been given the message he will not be handed a professional contract when his two-year scholarship comes to an end this season.

Richardson, 18, has been been in the club’s Under-18s side this season, which is managed by Andy Gray and Mark Jackson.

It appears that the Englishman will not now be getting the opportunity to move up to the Leeds Under-23s and then into the first-team squad.

The likes of Charlie Taylor, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips have all progressed through the club ranks to become established first-teamers, while Sam Byram and Lewis Cook did the same in previous seasons before securing transfers to Premier League outfits West Ham and Bournemouth respectively.

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The unofficial Leeds United academy account is establishing a reputation as an increasingly reliable source of Leeds youth team news.

It has previously broken stories about young players undergoing Leeds trials, including Huddersfield midfielder Jack Boyle and Middlesbrough defender Callum Johnson.

Clubs hand trials to emerging players when they assess them over a defined period of time with a view to offering them contracts.

The Leeds senior side are back in action on Friday night when they face Birmingham in Championship clash at St Andrews.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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