Leeds United have confirmed that they have torn up Eoghan Stokes’ contract and that he will leave the club with immediate effect.
The Whites announced on their official Twitter account and official website on Thursday morning that Stokes, 21, has had his contract terminated by mutual consent after five-and-a-half years at Elland Road.
???? | #LUFC can confirm Eoghan Stokes has left the club, after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. We wish Eoghan the best of luck in the future
— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 1, 2018
The centre-forward moved to Leeds in 2012 from Irish side St Kevin’s Boys, the academy that also developed Burnley ace Robbie Brady and former Chelsea star Damien Duff.
Stokes made just one senior appearance in his time at Leeds when he played 66 minutes of the 5-1 win against Newport County in the EFL Cup last August.
It has been a busy couple of days at Elland Road that saw two players signed up on deadline day.
Tyler Roberts arrived from West Brom while Jordan Stevens was snapped up from Forest Green Rovers, but was announced by the club almost 12 hours after the deadline had passed.
Football Insider verdict
Stokes is 21-years-old and has barely played any professional football so it is about time that he gets out of Leeds to try and revive his developing career. There has been a massive influx of strikers in Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s side, meaning that Stokes has perhaps fell down the pecking order there and is not even getting minutes in youth football. With the pedigree of coming from a fantastic academy in Dublin and spending several years honing his skills at Leeds, he should find a new club soon. It will be interesting to see how his career develops away from Leeds and fans will no doubt wish him all the best.
In other Leeds United news, fans have reacted on Twitter to the signing of Stevens from Forest Green.