Young goalkeeper in United exit...

Goalkeeper Charlie Horton has cut short his Leeds United contract to return home to America due to a private family matter.

Charlie, a summer signing from Cardiff City, had featured twice for our Under-21s this season and was the substitute ‘keeper for our last seven Championship games.

The 21-year-old, who is capped for the USA at U23s level, has the full backing of the club in his decision and leaves with the best wishes of everybody connected to Leeds United.

The club is disappointed to lose such a promising young goalkeeper, but both owner Massimo Cellino and head coach Steve Evans were ultimately understanding and supportive of Charlie’s decision considering the circumstances.

Charlie said: “I’ve had to leave because of a private family matter back home.

“For me there is only one thing which comes before this football club – my family. That is the sole reason I’m going home.

“I ask people to respect my privacy while I handle it, as it is not a short-term matter.

“I’m extremely grateful for the compassion and understanding I have received from Massimo Cellino and Steve Evans. They have been absolutely top drawer about it.

“I’m very grateful that they understood and I wish them nothing but the very best going forward.

“I would like to thank all the fans for the amazing support and welcome they have shown me here.

“I’m disappointed that it’s over so soon, but Leeds will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ll always follow each game from across the pond. I wish them all the best.”