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Robbie McDaid makes Leeds United switch

20 March 2014

Leeds United have secured the services of highly-rated teenager Robbie McDaid from Irish side Glenavon.

The 17-year-old striker, who was a target for a number of English clubs, has signed a two-year deal at Elland Road.

McDaid, a Northern Ireland youth international, bagged a brace in an impressive performance for Leeds Under-17's against Sheffield Wednesday last month.

Senior professional development coach Neil Redfearn said: "He's a great signing for us. It's a real coup given the interest in him from a lot of clubs.

"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."

Managing director David Haigh added: "We're delighted to bring Robbie into the club.

"There were a number of clubs interested in him and it's a credit to everyone here that he's agreed to join us on a two-year contract.

"We always speak about the importance of developing and recruiting young players, and Robbie is a player our coaches are excited about working with."

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