By Danny Wright

Oxford United have confirmed that head scout Craig Dean has left the Kassam to take up a role at Leeds United.

The Us announced on their official website on Monday that Dean has left his post at the League One side after three years in their recruitment set-up, where he has overseen a marked improvement to the quality of the first-team squad.

The proven expert has had spells with Newcastle and the English Football Association before he took up the head scout role at Oxford, who have brought in the likes of Kemar Roofe and Chris Maguire.

Roofe, now at Leeds, was a hit when he first arrived at Oxford from West Brom and was a large part of their League Two promotion campaign in 2015/16.

After making many improvements the following summer, the Us had an impressive first year in League One, finishing just outside the play-off spots in eighth.

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Pep Clotet became the manager of Oxford after leaving his role in the Leeds coaching set-up at the end of the campaign and that link may have seen Dean’s switch to Elland Road materialise.

Leeds have made a lot of use with their scouting department since Victor Orta become director of football, and the Spaniard seems to have added another string to his bow with the swoop for this proven expert.

In other Leeds United news, Kalvin Phillips has taken a swipe at ex-boss Steve Evans.

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