Leeds swoop for teenager Robbie McDaid

Coach Neil Redfearn
Coach Neil Redfearn
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LEEDS United have signed hotly-tipped teenage striker Robbie McDaid on a two-year contract.

The 17 year-old scored twice for Leeds under-17s against Sheffield Wednesday in a trial game last month.

Professional development coach Neil Redfearn said on the club’s official website: “He’s a great signing for us. It’s a real coup given the interest in him from a lot of clubs.

“He’s done really well for Glenavon, and because he has been playing senior football for a while, he’s already got that experience, and the transition should be easy to cope with.

“He is a player who knows his position, he runs the channels well, and the most important thing as a striker is that he knows where the back of the net is.”

Leeds United managing director David Haigh said: “We’re delighted to bring Robbie into the club.

“There were a number of clubs interested in him and it’s a credit to everyone here that he’s agreed to join us on a two-year contract.

“We always speak about the importance of developing and recruiting young players, and Robbie is a player our coaches are excited about working with.”

As part of the deal, Leeds will play a friendly against Glenavon this summer.