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Report: Eoghan Stokes set for Shamrock Rovers after Leeds United exit

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.

Leeds United released Eoghan Stokes earlier this month.

A general view of Elland Road during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Fulham at Elland Road on December 13, 2014 in Leeds, England.

According to The Irish Mirror, Eoghan Stokes is set for a swift return to football following his release from Leeds United, with a move to Shamrock Rovers understood to be close.

Stokes, 21, joined Leeds from St. Kevin's Boys in Ireland back in 2012, having already featured for the Republic of Ireland at youth level, and he was tipped for a bright future at Elland Road.

However, earlier this month, Stokes was released from his contract at Elland Road, and he looks set for a swift move back to his native Ireland with Shamrock Rovers.

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.

It's claimed that Shamrock now hope to win the race for Stokes, and he even turned out for the club in a pre-season friendly against Brentford B on Saturday, giving him a chance to win a deal.

Christiansen's prediction not quite right

After Stokes' contract came to an end this month, then-Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen – who has since been sacked – suggested to the club's official website that Stokes should be heading to a League One team in England.

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.

Instead, Stokes is heading back to Ireland, and will be hoping to finally settle down and play some football having only ever made one first-team appearance during his time with Leeds.

Now 21, Stokes needs to be given opportunities to play, and after prior links to Cork City and Dundalk, the forward – who can play in attacking midfield or up front – will be looking to land opportunities at Shamrock Rovers.

With four goals in nine caps for Ireland at Under-19 level, Stokes has talent, and he will now be looking to prove Leeds wrong by becoming a star in Ireland.

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen leaves the field during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich,...

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