Leeds United have made another addition to their senior ranks with youth-team captain Simon Lenighan putting pen to paper on his first professional deal.
The teenage midfielder has taken up a one-year contract on the back of a strong season with Leeds’ Under-18s.
Lenighan skippered the side to a second-placed finish in their Premier Academy League and scored four times during the last two months of the term.
Leeds were pipped to the title by Newcastle United but their impressive displays secured professional offers for five of their players.
Defender Sam Byram agreed a one-year package last week and Lenighan has become the second under-18 squad member to turn professional. Lenighan’s contract includes the option of a further 12 months.
The 18-year-old said: “I’d like to play regularly and force my way into the first-team squad. It’ll be a challenge but I’m always up for a challenge.”
Three other under-18 players – Ross Killock, Charlie Clamp and Dominic Poleon – are continuing to weigh up professional terms at Elland Road.
Courtesy of Yorkshire Evening Post