Photo: The 12 Leeds United academy graduates hoping for a future at club

Neil Redfearn

Leeds have a great record for bringing through young players.

Leeds United have had a tough season, but one of the big pluses this season has been the development of young players at the club.

Neil Redfearn, who was the former academy head at Leeds, has helped the likes of Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor come on leaps and bounds.

He has also brought through Kalvin Phillips and Lewis Walters to the first-team picture, so the future is bright for Leeds' youngsters.

Now the club have revealed a picture of the 12 talents who have graduated from the academy ahead of next season.

The Leeds United academy's official Twitter account released a picture of the players involved, who will hopefully, one day, be in the Leeds first-team.

The likes of Jake Croft, Mallik Wilks, Henry Rollinson, Ryan Ferguson and Jovani Sterling were all pictured - with the five youngsters Tweeting on their personal accounts their excitement ahead of a future with Leeds.

Of course Leeds have a great record of producing young players. The likes of Harry Kewell, Alan Smith, Gary Kelly and Paul Robinson have all come through the ranks at Elland Road. This new batch of 12 will hope to emulate.

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