Leeds United deserve credit for organising a guard of honour for their title-winning under-23 side.
That is according to ex-Whites goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the youngsters’ Premier League 2 Division 2 triumph.
The club later shared a video on Twitter of their senior stars giving the under-23s a round of applause as they arrived for training at Thorp Arch.
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Mark Jackson’s side secured the title with two games to spare, beating Aston Villa 2-1 to wrap up the division last Friday.
It was the side’s first appearances in the Premier League 2 after being awarded category one academy status last year.
Kenny congratulated the youngsters and asserted that the “really classy” gesture will be one they remember for years to come.
“It’s a massive achievement for the youngsters,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“No matter what level you’re playing at, to win a league proves you’ve had a good season.
“To get that guard of honour can only be a boost and help them step up and try and challenge for the first team.
“I’d like to think it would be inspiring for them and it’s a really classy move from the senior players. I really like that.”
The likes of Sam Greenwood, Joe Gelhardt and Oliver Casey are among the talented under-23 crop.
The youngsters will rub shoulders with the best youth sides in the land when they play in the Premier League 2 Division 1 next season.