Another Leeds United youngster departs on loan

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Leeds United's Jake Skelton has become the latest youngster to leave Elland Road, after he completed a loan move to Guiseley AFC today.

Lewis Coyle left the club to join Harrogate Town on loan this week, although an injury has halted his progress there, and now Jake Skelton has been the latest prospect to try to get first-team experience in the non-league.

Skelton is a defender who has been tipped to have a first-team future at the Whites, but the club obviously are keen to see how he handles senior football before giving him his first taste of starting at Elland Road.

The 18-year-old will leave only for a month, but it should be a good opportunity for him to make a name for himself away from the youth levels and test himself in the physical Conference North. 

Skelton was part of the Leeds squad who went to Italy in pre-season as part of a training camp, and he will be looking to show that he is ready to make a permanent step-up to first-team training when out on his temporary spell. 

Guiseley are currently in fifth spot in the division, so Skelton will join a team full of confidence and he will be looking to do his bit towards their promotion push.

Skelton and Coyle are not likely to be the only departures from Elland Road, either. After the U21 side beat Doncaster Rovers 6-0 this week, Neil Redfearn expressed his desire for a number of the younger players at the club to go out on loan and it seems that clubs are starting to capitalise on their availability. 

“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 said earlier this week. 

“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."

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