Neil Redfearn thought he could become complete striker, but Leeds United have released Robbie McDaid

The Irish teenager has been let go by Leeds United.

Leeds United announced their released and retained list yesterday and there was no surprise to see some of the names on that list.

Mirco Antenucci and Scott Wootton’s impending exits were general knowledge whilst Lewis Walters was expected to depart after going backwards in his development.

Robbie McDaid was also allowed to leave the club – despite some glowing references over the years from former Leeds youth team boss Neil Redfearn.

In July 2014 Redfearn had this to say about McDaid to LUTV:

“He's very energetic, works the line really, really well, holds the ball up well.

"He's got an eye for goal, obviously – you stick him in front of goal and he can finish.

"He's got a turn of pace. So everything you need in a striker."

It looked like McDaid had the makings of a complete striker but the March 2014 signing from Glenavon never made the grade during his spell at the club.

He ended up spending the majority of this season out on loan in the Conference National with Lincoln City. He managed to score four goals in 16 games during his stint with the club but this was clearly not enough to warrant Leeds giving him a new deal

Whether he will go back to Ireland or try to find a new club in England now remains to be seen but he will be hoping to prove Redfearn right and Leeds United wrong in the years to come.

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