Leeds United defender Paudie O’Connor has confirmed that he may have to exit Elland Road in order to earn more first-team football after failing to make a single senior appearance since signing earlier this year.
O’Connor, 20, was snapped up by the Whites from Irish side Limerick in March after a successful trial period, however he has now admitted that he is getting frustrated with a lack of first-team chances.
The Irish centre-back is well down the pecking order in Thomas Christiansen’s side with Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper, Matthew Pennington and Conor Shaughnessy blocking his route into the senior squad.
He has been training with the first-team and was on the bench for the League Cup win over Newport County in August.
However O’Connor has now made it clear that he will sit down with his agent Stephen Hunt to discuss the possibility of leaving Elland Road in January.
“It was nice to be involved, but going forward, in the next couple of months, I will probably be looking for first team football again because if it doesn’t come at Leeds maybe somewhere else because the U-23s is good and all, but there is not that level of competitiveness that I am used to or like,” he told the Limerick Leader.
“Going forward, I would like to be back playing first team.
“There is always the loan option as well. You can get a season-long loan, so we will see what options are on the table, I won’t be jumping into anything without thinking over.
He added: “Stephen, myself and my Dad will sit down and assess the options. I can’t complain. My time so far has been enjoyable and I have learned a lot.”
Leeds manager Christiansen has previously made it clear that he doesn’t want to make too many changes to his squad over the summer but the departure of O’Connor is perhaps unlikely to have any impact on that should he leave.
The Whites were linked with bolstering their centre-back options further in the summer despite already getting Pennington in on loan from Everton.
It remains to be seen whether O’Connor’s path to the senior squad will have yet another hurdle thrown in the way next month.
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