Leeds signing Edmondson speaks out on other clubs' interest

A general view from a nearby field, of Elland Road, home to Leeds United FC, in March 1996 in Leeds, England.

Leeds United signed York City youngster Ryan Edmondson on Wednesday.

Dark Clouds form over Elland road as First Division football becomes a reality during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Leeds United and Charlton Athletic at Elland Road on May...

New Leeds United signing Ryan Edmondson has told the club's official website that signing for his boyhood club made putting pen to paper easy, despite interest from a number of other sides.

The 16-year-old attacker has signed a contract with the Elland Road club for an undisclosed fee, signing on the dotted line to remain at the Championship club until the summer of 2020.

Leeds claimed on their website that Edmondson had attracted interest from other sides, after making his debut for National League North side York City earlier this season.

Edmondson stated that the interest from Leeds' rivals gave him plenty of confidence, but stated that his love of the Yorkshire club made it a no-brainer to choose the Whites and claimed the club's "infrastructure is amazing."

“Obviously it is good to have a lot of clubs looking at you and it gives you that confidence that you have something about your game," Edmondson said, when asked about other clubs' interest.

"For me though, personally, Leeds is such a big club to me emotionally, we are a Championship club and on the up.

“The infrastructure is amazing, everything here is going to help me progress and hopefully in a few years time I will be able to get out on the pitch at Elland Road in the first team."

Leeds United manager Thomas Christiansen during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Leeds United at Griffin Park on November 4, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Edmondson will now immediately link up with Mark Jackson’s Under 18s and Carlos Corberan’s Under 23s, as he looks to impress at youth level before making strides into the Leeds first team.

Thomas Christiansen's senior side face Middlesbrough and former Leeds boss Garry Monk on Sunday afternoon at Elland Road, as they look to stop the rot of seven defeats in eight games.

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