Exclusive: No announcement from Leeds but new signing was registered last month
By Alex Stevens
Leeds United completed the signing of defender Paudie O’Connor from Limerick at the start of last month, Football Insider can reveal.
New documents registered with the Football Association show that Leeds finalised an agreement to capture the centre-back, 19, on 9 March.
There has been no announcement from Leeds about O’Connor signing, although Irish top-flight side Limerick announced on 16 March that the teenager was set to agree terms at Elland Road after a short trial.
Paperwork on the official FA website shows that an agreement was reached for the youngster to end his association with Limerick a week previously.
O’Connor spent three years with Limerick between 2014 and 2017, making 39 senior appearances for the Irish club.
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He has made a number of appearances for Leeds’ Under-23s side, including in Friday night’s 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road.
However, the centre-back lasted only 31 minutes of the clash for Jason Blunt’s development side before leaving the pitch.
O’Connor will be aiming to develop his game in the youth team before pushing for involvement at senior level, where manager Garry Monk’s three first choices are Pontus Jansson, Kyle Bartley and Liam Cooper.
The Yorkshire giants have an excellent track record of bringing through young talent and integrating them into their senior side.
Current first-team regulars Ronaldo Vieira, Charlie Taylor and Kalvin Phillips have all graduated from the academy, while the likes of Sam Byram and Lewis Cook also did so in the recent past not to mention leading Premier League performers such as James Milner and Fabian Delph.
Meanwhile, Leeds’ senior side slumped to a 2-1 Championship defeat at Burton on Saturday to leave their promotion dream in tatters.
It appears that the Yorkshire giants will now have to win the final two matches of their league campaign to have any chance of securing a top-six finish.
They will also be reliant upon other sides slipping up over the next two weekends to have any chance of ending the club’s 13-year spell in the lower leagues.
In other Leeds United transfer news, the club have done the deal for an out-of-window transfer of a midfield player.