Redfearn happy to encourage younger players to leave Leeds on loan

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Leeds United academy boss Neil Redfearn says the club will consider loans for younger players if it's the right deal.

Leeds United academy chief Neil Redfearn has revealed that the club will only let younger players leave on loan deals if the circumstances are right.

Using young right-back Lewis Coyle as an example, Redfearn has stressed the benefits of the right loan spell for the club’s younger players regardless of the standard of the football being played.

“I would have thought there’s clubs interested in taking some of our young players after that and if it is the right loan move for the player and the club and it benefits everybody all around,” Redfearn told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“If it is the right move for the lads and it benefits them and the club, then obviously I would have thought the club would consider it.”

“Lewie Coyle has gone to Harrogate, a Conference North club who are one underneath the Conference National who are not far off the Football League.”

“It will do him good. He will get half a dozen games in and it will be muck and bullets, so he will have to deal with it.”

Non-league football is notorious for being extremely physical and it’s a good standard for Leeds to use to toughen up their younger players both physically and mentally.

Darko Milanic is in the fortunate position where he has one of the biggest and best quality squads available in the championship and that makes it difficult for any younger player trying to break into the team from the outside.

Therefore, loans are a good way for younger players to get experience and playing time which wouldn’t be possible at Elland Road, putting them into a better position when Milanic does need to draw on the youth players at the club.

It also demonstrates that Leeds are approachable in terms of sides who need players or cover in certain positions, looking for higher quality players on temporary deals regardless of their league status or non-league status.

Coyle is unlikely to be the last Leeds youngster leaving on loan this season and that benefits the Whites in the long run.

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