Leeds United have today announced that 16-year-old Ryan Edmondson has joined the club from York City for an undisclosed fee. The deal sees Edmondson join up with the club having turned down offers from other clubs, and he links up with the under 18’s side.
The 16-year-old from Harrogate is a Leeds fan and has recently been handed his debut in the first-team at York City in non-league. Leeds have made a big effort to build up the youth teams this season and it does bode well for the future of the club, the issues with the first-team recruitment are just that at the moment and it shouldn’t take away with what the club are doing in the ranks of the youth setup. We have always had a very successful and famous academy and the new structure and ownership seem to be embracing that and looking to extend it which is positive, as I say we have to look at it differently to the first-team situation.
Edmondson has joined the club singing a deal that will take him until at least 2020 so he has plenty of time to develop after getting a taste of first-team football with York City. Despite the decline of the side in recent times playing first-team football in non-league at 16 is still an achievement so the experience will certainly have toughened the youngster up and he should be going into the under 18’s squad full of confidence and hoping he can stand out in the side full of players who have only play non-competitive football in the youth leagues with the club.