By Harvey Byrne

Leeds Under-23s head coach Jason Blunt has shared that Clarke Oduor’s professional contract is a “proud moment for all of the Academy.”

However, he has stated that 17-year-old midfielder must continue to work hard as it is easy to fall out of the game.

The Yorkshire giants announced the player had agreed terms on a professional deal on their official Twitter account on 16 January.

Oduor has impressed in the club’s youth ranks, playing for both the Under-18s and 23s at times this season.

But, youth coach Blunt has sent a message that the youngster’s work isn’t finished yet and has advised the player to keep working hard at his game.

“It is a proud moment for all of the Academy, everybody has played their part along the way,” started Blunt on the official club website.

“It is not about any individuals, it starts from the scouts who bring them in and the Academy will continue to produce players now and in the future.

“We are delighted, but things can quickly change if players don’t knuckle down and work extremely hard.

“There are a lot of players who fall out of the game quite easily, so it is important to apply themselves in the correct manner and continue progressing.”

Leeds have brought through a number of quality players from their youth system in the famous side’s history.

Aaron Lennon, Jonathan Woodgate and Danny Rose are just three of several names to have come through for the Yorkshire giants before going onto play for the England national team.

They also have a large number scattered around the first team, with Charlie Taylor and Ronaldo Vieira currently starring for Garry Monk’s side, while Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton and Kalvin Phillips are also featuring this campaign.

Oduor will now be eager to fall alongside these names and fans will be hoping he takes Blunt’s advice on board.

In other Leeds news, this manager has sent a warning message to the club and Monk.

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