Signing a real coup - Redfearn...
Leeds United have beaten off competition from a host of clubs to sign highly-rated teenage striker Robbie McDaid.
The 17-year-old youth international, who hails from County Tyrone, has signed a two-year contract after joining from Glenavon.
Robbie, who came off the bench to score twice for Glenavon in a 4-2 win against Portadown recently, scored twice for a Leeds United Under-17 side against Sheffield Wednesday in a trial game last month.
The club’s senior professional development coach Neil Redfearn said: “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.”
Robbie has represented both Northern Ireland and his league side, and was attracting interest from a number of English clubs.
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, the club will play a friendly against Glenavon this summer.