By Harry Sykes
Frank Mulhern is heading for the Leeds exit door after it emerged on Monday that he is undergoing a trial at Huddersfield.
The Championship club revealed on their website that the striker, 19, had been included in their Under-23s side that beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 in the Professional Development League.
Mulhern played 81 minutes of the clash without scoring the goal that he would have wished for to impress the Huddersfield coaching staff.
The teenager’s trial at a major rival is such a major development that it suggests he is surplus to requirements at Elland Road and will be allowed to leave if he can find a new club.
At the very least, it has thrown Mulhern’s future at Leeds into considerable doubt.
The young forward is out of contract at Elland Road in the summer, at which point he will be able to join a new club for free if he is not offered fresh terms by Leeds.
Mulhern had been highly rated at Leeds after impressive performances for the Under-23s last season.
The Ireland youth international had spent a short loan at non-league Southport earlier in this campaign but made little impact and accumulated just a single appearance before returning to his parent club.
Football Insider verdict:
Ex-Leeds manager Neil Redfearn, with his widespread academy experience, knows a decent young player when he sees one. And he once tipped Mulhern to have a “massive future”. Redfearn added that Mulhern required “the right circumstances to flourish” and, given that Leeds are willing to let him leave, he appears to have been denied that at Elland Road in recent times. Leeds can point to considerable success in developing players at their academy in recent years – with Charlie Taylor, Sam Byram, Ronaldo Vieira and Lewis Cook the most notable successes – but Mulhern appears to have slipped the net. It should be with some regret among the Leeds staff that such a hot young talent will not make it now at the club.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club are eying a stunning triple transfer swoop as three players headed into the training ground.