By Russell Edge
York City are looking to strike up a partnership with Leeds United after the Whites snapped up teenage striker Ryan Edmonson from the National League North side.
City revealed via their official website that they had allowed the 16-year-old to join Leeds, signing a scholarship contract at Elland Road, with the Whites confirming on their own website that he is committed to the club until 2020.
York also confirmed that the deal between the two clubs is multi-tiered, with financial bonuses in place for the side sitting in England’s sixth tier which will be based on Edmonson’s future at their Yorkshire neighbours.
The striker, who stands at a giant 6’4″, made his debut for his former club earlier in the season, and is said to have shown real promise up front.
It is also stated that York and Leeds look set to build a partnership at academy level following the transfer, which is the second deal between the two clubs in recent weeks after Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell joined City on a month’s loan earlier in the campaign.
Football Insider verdict
It appears that there is the start of a future relationship being built in Yorkshire, which will prove mutually beneficial to both Leeds and York City in the future. The Whites will be hoping to have tapped into a future star, and his future potential could benefit not just Thomas Christiansen’s side but York too. The financial incentives will encourage City to let more of their players depart to Elland Road in the future, and having that positive relationship means Leeds will be able to send more talent to develop in the lower reaches of English football. It is a win-win for all parties involved, and Edmonson now just has to prove he has what it takes at a much higher level.
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