Redfearn: Leeds open to loan deals for youngsters

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Leeds United's youngsters could be allowed to leave on loan this season, according to Neil Redfearn.

Leeds United's academy manager Neil Redfearn says that a number of the Whites' youngsters may leave the club on loan this season. 

Lewis Coyle left the club to join Harrogate on a temporary move today, and Redfearn admits that he may shift more away from Elland Road as they search for regular first-team football. 

“We’ll see what comes up and what the experiences can be,” he said to the club's official site. “But we are mindful that they are coming along well as a group anyway in the Under-21 league.

“Sometimes it does them good to go out for different reasons and get different experiences. If the right set of experiences come up we’ll let him go out.” 

Leeds's academy has earned a reputation for being one of the most productive in the Football League and the current crop they have is highly regarded.

The likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt have all broken through into Leeds's starting line-up in recent times, and many more will be hoping to follow in their footsteps in the future.

The route into the first-team at the moment does appear harder than it has been in some time, though. Leeds brought in 15 new players over the summer months and it means that they have a rather bloated first-team squad.

The Whites, though, have proven that they are happy to trust youngsters if they have the talent and have generally been rewarded for their faith.

For the upcoming stars, the next two weeks provide a decent opportunity for them to impress.

There are no first-team matches due to the international break, and it means that new boss Darko Milanic may have a closer eye on the progress of his youth-team players during this time.  

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