Rochdale AFC are set to swoop to sign Leeds United utility man, Conor Shaughnessy.
Leeds have had Shaughnessy on their books since 2016 when they picked up the Irishman from Reading FC’s youth set-up.
Initially, there was a heavy inclusion for him at Elland Road under Thomas Christiansen.
Nine appearances in the Championship were quickly racked up, whilst a further six outings in the cup competitions came around across a couple of seasons.
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However, since then, Shaughnessy has been out of the picture under Marcelo Bielsa and been out on loan with Hearts, Mansfield and Burton Albion.
A fresh move into the EFL now awaits the 24-year-old, with Chris Fitzgerald noting on Twitter how, after knocking back a number of other clubs, Shaughnessy will sign an 18-month deal with Rochdale in League One.
DEADLINE DAY EXCLUSIVE: I understand centre back/midfielder Conor Shaughnessy has turned down an offer from at least one other club and will today join #Rochdale AFC on an 18-month deal. Conor had been given permission by #Leeds United to find a new club. #RAFC #LUFC pic.twitter.com/cGcviYbShN
— Chris Fitzgerald (@fitzochris) February 1, 2021
Shaughnessy played the bulk of his football at Leeds as a centre-back, but he also has the skillset to push into midfield and provide a shield to the defensive unit.
Shaughnessy is bang out of the picture at Leeds and it’s little surprise to hear that the Elland Road side are open to shifting him on this month.
For Rochdale, he should be a decent signing.
In 2017/18, Shaughnessy showed enough about him to suggest he could well have a future playing in the Championship. It was just a case of Leeds needing to evolve too fast for him at that stage of his career.
Capable in defence or midfield, he will add something to the Rochdale squad that will be very useful: versatility and quality.
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