Paul explained the reason he opted to link up with Leeds, saying: “You look at the young players here recently – Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt – they’ve all broken into the first team and have become regular players. There’s definitely a pathway here for a young players like myself and my brother to kick on.”
Leeds have a reputation as a club which gives chances to youth players, offering them first-team football much more than many other Championship or Premier League sides.
The McKay’s have arrived at a time when the likes of Byram, Cook and Mowatt are all first-team regulars, and Lewie Coyle is the latest proof that impressing for the Under-21s will get you first-team minutes.
Any young player who is approached by Leeds would consider the move a step forward in their careers, knowing that they are more likely the make it at Elland Road than if they remained with their former clubs.
Not only are chances present with Leeds, but they are one of the biggest clubs in English football, and Jack McKay has admitted that his instant reaction to discovering Leeds’ interest in him was to accept the transfer.
“It’s a massive club,” Jack added. “As soon as I found out that Leeds wanted to bring us me here, I said ‘yes’ straight away.”
The twins, both 19, have agreed two-and-a-half year deals at Elland Road. Jack is a striker, whilst Paul is a central defender, and both are expected to spend time in the Under-21 set-up for the remainder of this season.