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Teen striker McDaid to ply his trade with Leeds

By Stuart McKinley

Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Glenavon's teenage striker Robbie McDaid.

And the Championship club have agreed to play a friendly at Mourneview Park in the summer as part of the deal.

Northern Ireland under-19 international McDaid has signed a two-year contract with the Yorkshire outfit and the club's senior professional development coach Neil Redfearn – who also doubles as first team coach – expects him to progress quickly over at Elland Road.

"Robbie is a great signing for us. It's a real coup given the interest in him from a lot of clubs," said Redfearn.

"He's done really well for Glenavon, and because he has been playing senior football for a while, he's already got that experience, and the transition should be easy to cope with.

"He is a player who knows his position, he runs the channels well and the most important thing as a striker is that he knows where the back of the net is."

McDaid has made a total of 13 first-team appearances for Glenavon since making his debut last season.

Although he has an impressive tally of six goals in those games, the 17-year-old's name really came to prominence in Irish League circles last month when he came off the bench to score twice in a Mid-Ulster derby victory over Portadown – in contrast to 12 months ago when he was sent-off in a defeat at Shamrock Park.

McDaid was known to cross-channel scouts long before that, however, and there were a number of clubs interested in signing the Omagh-born youngster before he put pen to paper on the deal with Leeds.

McDaid will move to Elland Road in the summer, which means he will remain part of Gary Hamilton's plans for the remainder of the season.

The Lurgan Blues have already secured their place in the top six ahead of the split, which comes after tomorrow's trip to Ballymena United and have an Irish Cup semi-final with Crusaders to come on Saturday April 5.

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