COMMENT By Richard Parks

Leeds United defender Matthew Keogh has confirmed he will quit the club this summer – and this is the best move for all parties.

The centre-back, 18, has an extended period to secure a new team, and Leeds can begin the process of bringing in a new group of scholars.

It is that time of year when youth team players are either released early in order to give them a lengthy period to source fresh employers, or are told they will not be given a professional contract as a heads-up ahead of the summer window.

Keogh has made it clear on social media he is heading out of the Elland Road exit door after 10 years on the books of the club.

The Knaresborough-reared defender has retweeted an announcement by US football management company SRUSA on Wednesday that he is available to join a new club from the start of next season.

This makes it clear that Keogh will leave Leeds when his scholarship contract expires at the end of the current campaign and bring to an end his lengthy association with the club.

The defender joined aged eight after being spotted by scouts for the Championship giants while playing for his local club Knaresborough Celtic.

He appears open to the possibility of a switch across the Atlantic. Good for him.

Plenty of top players have had to bounce back from early setbacks in their careers. Leaving Leeds certainly need not mean the end for Keogh.

He can use this as motivation to reach new heights in his playing career.

In other Leeds United news, 13 players are fighting for their jobs as behind-the-scenes planned laid for huge cull.

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