Paudie O'Connor admits he could look to leave Leeds in near future

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

Paudie O'Connor is still awaiting his first-team debut for Leeds United after joining the Championship side earlier this year.

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.

Paudie O'Connor has told the Limerick Leader that he may be looking to leave Leeds in the near future in an attempt to secure more first-team football, but insisted that he has no regrets over moving to Elland Road.

O'Connor arrived at Leeds earlier this year when Garry Monk was in charge and has been a regular member of the under-23 side. But despite featuring in Thomas Christiansen's plans during pre-season, the 20-year-old is still awaiting his first-team debut for the club.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux on November 22, 2017 in...

And ahead of the January transfer window, O'Connor has seemingly put Christiansen and any potentially-interested clubs on notice by insisting that he is looking to be back playing first-team football again in the near future.

“It was nice to be involved [with the first-team], but going forward, in the next couple of months, I will probably be looking for first team football again because if it doesn't come at Leeds maybe somewhere else because the U-23s is good and all, but there is not that level of competitiveness that I am used to or like," he told the Limerick Leader.

"There is always the loan option as well. You can get a season-long loan, so we will see what options are on the table, I won't be jumping into anything without thinking over," he went on to add.

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.

Despite the youngster seemingly being somewhat frustrated at his lack of game-time, he insisted that he still feels that he made the right move heading to Leeds from Limerick, and also praised Christiansen.

"I feel it was the right decision [to move to Leeds] and I a reaping the rewards with the fact of the level of football I am getting there, obviously training with the first team and that under Christiansen. He is a really good manager and knows his stuff," he also said.

Leeds are in an extremely good position right now, and the form of their defence has been an important reason why they find themselves currently situated in the Championship play-off places.

The likes of Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and Matthew Pennington have helped the Whites keep three clean sheets in their last six games and only concede once in each of the fixtures when they have not managed to keep a clean sheet.

With the table so congested still as well, it seems unlikely that O'Connor is going to get the kind of minutes that he may be looking for anytime soon - so it will be interesting to see what lies ahead for the young defender.

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