The Leeds United youngster has discussed leaving on loan this season, as he continues his development.
He said: “If there’s a chance to get out on loan then maybe that’s something we’ll look at but, right now, I’m really looking to start the season well, prove myself with the Under-21s and continue to develop with the first team every day.”
Horton signed for the Whites this summer, arriving as third choice ‘keeper to Marco Silvestri and fellow summer signing Ross Turnbull. The 20-year-old USA youth international was not expected to feature for the first-team, but unlike a number of other youth players, he is a registered member of the playing squad should he be needed.
He has also been handed a squad number, and will likely be involved in squad selections for Championship fixtures, but the chances of being named in the final 18 players on matchday are very slim.
He is third choice stopper, which means he is training with the first-team, but playing for the development squad to ensure he stays fresh and match fit should he be needed in competitive action at short notice.
However, playing in the lesser quality competition means that his development is likely to stall, and the only way to ensure he continues to progress would be by ensuring he is loaned out.
A number of League One and Two teams generally look at emergency loans for ‘keepers later in the campaign, and Horton appears to be the kind of player who would be a prime target for a short spell as a first-team player.
He has admitted that he will consider accepting a loan if one comes about, and Horton would be wise to ensure he secures first-team football later in the season, having shown a wealth of promise as a youth player already in his short career.