Leeds have tonight secured the services of goalkeeping prospect Baily Peacock-Farrell for at least another three years. The youngster who is very highly rated at the club is expected to go out on loan this season with Oldham leading the race to sign him, a move that will secure him the experience that will be key to his career.
Peacock-Farrell has had limited chances at the club since progressing through the youth system and has spent the majority of his time playing with the development and under-23 sides at Thorp Arch. He did make one appearance for the first-team under Steve Evans but he never got a chance after that, despite Evans saying he would get a few games to show what he can do. A loan move is the obvious option and it seems like that will be announced in the next few days now he has been tied up to a long-term deal with the club.
His chances at Leeds will be enhanced with a loan because he is currently fourth choice behind Rob Green, Felix Wiedwald and Marco Silvestri, although the Italian is surely set to go having been an unused sub in both pre-season games so far this summer. Peacock-Farrell needs to be playing on a regular basis at a club where they will encourage him in his early stages and make sure he is confident in what he is doing. League One is the perfect place for him and as we have seen with Lewie Coyle the talented youngsters are being encouraged to go and make the grade elsewhere before coming back to push for a first-team spot at Leeds.