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Lewie Coyle discusses collapsed loan exit from Leeds United

Young defender Lewie Coyle looked set to leave Leeds United on loan.

Coyle was set to link up with York City on loan before the close of the Football League loan window last week, and he has told BBC Radio Leeds that he is disappointed the move away from Elland Road collapsed.

Coyle said: “I was looking forward to it. The manager spoke to me and it looked all set, but there was a breakdown in communication. I think it would have been good for me to play league football and build a bit of a CV with league games under my belt. [I could have] got a bit of experience to come back [to Leeds] and push for a place in the first-team.”

Coyle, 20, is highly regarded in the Leeds academy, and he looks to be in line to make a potential debut for the Whites this season.

A full-back, Coyle has yet to make his senior debut, and the loan deal would have been a great chance for him to get some first-team experience to his name.

Often captaining the Leeds side at Under-21 level, there is a belief that Coyle has outgrown youth football, and Leeds had lined up a deal with York City to send the full-back out to the League Two club.

It would have given the youngster the chance to experience what the Football League is all about, and Coyle himself has admitted that he was keen to join the side on loan.

He wanted to build something of a professional CV in football at club level, and Coyle believed that playing at York City would have set him up perfectly to return to Leeds later this season and fight for a place in the first-team.

However, the move collapsed due to a ‘breakdown in communication’, leaving Coyle to remain at Elland Road. If a new loan move is to be planned, the youngster will have to wait until the January transfer window before being allowed to leave Leeds on a short-term deal.

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