By Russell Edge
New Leeds United signing Ryan Edmonson has revealed that he is a lifelong fan of the Whites and has been watching matches at Elland Road since the age of six.
Leeds confirmed that they had snapped up the 16-year-old striker from National League North side York City via their official Twitter account and website on Wednesday, with the youngster agreeing a deal which will keep him at the club until 2020.
However Edmonson, who was born in Harrogate, revealed that his connection with Leeds stretches back further than now playing for them, having been a lifelong supporter of the Whites.
He said cannot believe he has been offered the opportunity to follow his dream of turning out at Elland Road in the future, after ten years of sitting in the stands with his dad with his fellow supporters, who will be delighted to hear the passion he holds.
He told York City’s official website: “I have been a Leeds fan ever since I was a kid and it’s always been my dream to play at Elland Road.
“Moving to any other club was going to be hard but I am going to my ‘dream’ club.
“I am still pinching myself now and worry that I might wake up from this dream! It’s all very surreal.”
The youngster made his debut for York City only last month, appearing as a substitute against Brackley in the sixth tier of English football, but will now join the academy squad at Leeds, themselves sitting 10th in the Championship.
He is the second player to make the move between Elland Road and Bootham Crescent in recent weeks, after the Whites sent young goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell on a month’s long loan with the National League North side.
In other Leeds United news, here is how fan’s reacted to the announcement of Edmonson’s signing.