Date: 13th October 2017 at 5:44am
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By Russell Edge

Leeds United have confirmed that goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has joined National League North side York City on a one month loan deal.

The Whites revealed the 20-year-old’s temporary exit via both their official Twitter account and the club website.

The young shot stopper has come through the youth ranks at Elland Road and has made one senior appearance for the club, coming in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers in a Championship clash back in April 2016.

While he is not an established member of the first team squad under Thomas Christiansen, he has made four appearances on the substitute’s bench.

The Darlington-born goalkeeper is highly regarded at Leeds, and signed a three year contract extension over the summer.

York City currently sit sixth in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football, in a league which hosts more recognisable names such as Salford City and Blyth Spartans.

Football Insider verdict

On the surface, this seems like a sensible deal for the young goalkeeper, with York City likely to offer him the first team opportunities he needs. However, there should be question marks placed over the quality of football he will be up against. He has dropped four tiers to secure first team football, despite having tasted experience in the Championship, and having been around the squad on match days. He is regarded as one of Leeds’ brightest young talents, so surely he should have been aiming to play at a higher level. Still, it should make less of a difference as a goalkeeper, and the short length means he can get a feel for being shipped out on loan.

In other Leeds United news, a club chief has delivered a surprising verdict on the future of this Whites striker.

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