By Richard Parks
Welsh minnows Pontardawe Town have congratulated goalkeeper Matthew Turner on Twitter for making rapid strides on trial at Leeds United.
The Welsh second-tier club revealed in February that the shot-stopper, 16, will head to Elland Road in June to complete a permanent move.
— Pontardawe Academy (@pontyacademyfc) February 25, 2018
Turner has linked up with Leeds over the last six weeks and was pictured with the Under-17s United side that defeated Osasuna 1-0 in Spain on Monday.
Pontardawe’s academy passed on their “congrats” to the teenager “for continuing his development and progress” with the Championship giants.
— Pontardawe Academy (@pontyacademyfc) April 3, 2018
He impressed the coaching staff at Leeds earlier this year after spending time at the Aspire academy in Qatar and a deal has now been secured for him to transfer from Pontardawe Town, who are ninth in Welsh League Two.
Football Insider verdict:
Some fans will be frustrated that yet another young player has been signed rather than the marquee arrivals needed for the first team, particularly in what is a real problem position for the club. Turner clearly did the business during the training camp in Qatar in February and he has made impressive strides for the youth team, who have been securing wins for fun in recent weeks, and it is important that the club always have one eye on the future. But the here and now is also imperative and it is obvious that a new number one is needed in the summer to provide competition for man-in-possession Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Neither Felix Wiedwald or Andy Lonergan is up to the task and both are likely to be sold in the forthcoming window.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club are working on a deal to sign an English centre-back who has been the best in the league this season.