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Neil Redfearn tips Jamie Shackleton for big things at Leeds United

A general view of Elland Road prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

Neil Redfearn is a big fan of Leeds United's Jamie Shackleton.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Neil Redfearn has told Radio Yorkshire that he has "high hopes" for Leeds United academy star Jamie Shackleton.

Leeds have a host of exciting players in their Under-23 squad following a hectic summer which saw United sign a plethora of young talent from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona.

But one of the more established figures in that development squad is 17-year-old Shackleton, who is known to Redfearn from when the latter was academy director from 2010 until 2015.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The teenager impressed for Leeds during pre-season with goals against Tadcaster Albion and Scarborough, and the ex-Whites manager feels as if the young midfielder is "more than capable" of leaving his mark on the senior side in the future.

He told Radio Yorkshire: "The thing with young players is that they are infectious. They make people want to train, they bring the level of everything up because they are desperate to do well.

Neil Redfearn  of Leeds shakes hands with Chris Powell (r) of Huddersfield Town during Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Huddersfield Town at Elland Road Stadium on...

"Jamie Shackleton is more than capable and he is somebody I have got high hopes for."

He started for the Under-23s on Monday night but the Leeds starlets lost 1-0 to their Burnley equivalents.

Unfortunately for Shackleton, United have an abundance of central midfielders - including fellow academy graduate Ronaldo Vieira - so his route to the big time will be complicated, but Vieira's passage should give him and his team-mates hope.

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