Report: Leeds defender Conor Shaughnessy close to Mansfield loan

Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City is brought down by Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power...

Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy reportedly looks set to join the League Two side.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Leeds United and Port Vale at Elland Road on August 9, 2017 in Leeds, England.

According to a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post, Conor Shaughnessy is close to sealing a loan move away from Leeds, with the defender set to join Mansfield Town for the season.

It is no surprise that Shaughnessy looks set to be on the move on the final day of the summer window. The 23-year-old has not featured in Marcelo Bielsa's plans and no longer appears to be being considered for under-23 games for the Whites.

 

He spent the latter half of last season on loan with Hearts, but fell out of favour with the Scottish Premiership side before the campaign concluded and left having made 10 league appearances for Craig Levein's men.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that he is now heading to League Two, with John Dempster's side closing in on agreeing a loan deal with the Championship high-fliers. 

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United ahead of the Carabao Cup fourth round match between Leicester City and Leeds United at The King Power Stadium on October24th, 2017 in Leicester, United...

Mansfield's season has got off to an underwhelming start. They finished three points off the automatic-promotion spots last term before being knocked out in the play-off semi-final. This term however, they sit 18th with six points from their opening six games. 

Shaughnessy's arrival may feel like quite a coup for the Stags. Although Bielsa has not found a place for the youngster in his plans, he had previously made a number of first-team appearances at Elland Road, all coming during Thomas Christiansen's tenure. 

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United is marked by Padraig Amond of Newport County during the Fly Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newport County and Leeds United at Rodney Parade on...

At that stage, it had appeared that Shaughnessy may be destined for a bright future with the Whites, especially as he did well at the back having actually arrived at Leeds as a midfielder.

His spell at Mansfield is unlikely to do much for his prospects at Leeds while Bielsa remains in charge. But he may be hoping he can seal the move and perhaps do enough to secure a spot at a higher level further down the line. 

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