Paudie O’Connor will depart Leeds United today with a return to Bradford City on the cards for the young centre-back, a source has told Football League World.
Leeds are in the process of putting first-team plans in place ahead of the 2019/20 season, and it appears that O’Connor will not be given a chance under Marcelo Bielsa.
A source has told FLW that the 21-year-old is in-line for a return to Bradford, with O’Connor set to snub interest from League One to guarantee himself first-team football under Gary Bowyer in the Football League’s basement tier.
After making four appearances for Leeds under Paul Heckingbottom, O’Connor’s only taste of senior football last season came out on loan, with the youngster linking up with Blackpool and then Bradford.
O’Connor was part of the Bradford squad that were eventually relegated from League One under Bowyer, featuring on nine occasions in the league and even carrying the captain’s armband at times for the struggling Bantams.
A deal for the centre-back is expected to be completed today.
O’Connor settled well at Bradford during the second-half of last season, and Bowyer placed a lot of trust in him despite his young status within the squad.
The fact that the Leeds man will turn down interest from League One to step into League Two shows just how keen he is to work with the manager again, whilst it is also impressive to see a player wanting regular football rather than playing at a higher level.
With no Leeds chance on the horizon, this feels like a good move.
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