Ex Leeds academy striker McDaid flying with 30 goals for new club

Lincoln City's Bradley Wood vies for possession with York City's Robbie McDaid during the Vanarama National League match between York City and Lincoln City at Bootham Crescent  on November...

Leeds United youngster is thriving for Glentoran.

A general view of Elland Road as play continues in the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Queens Park Rangers at Elland Road on December 8, 2018 in...

Not all of Leeds United's talented academy players go on to become integral first team stars like Kalvin Phillips.

Some see their football careers go by the wayside. Robbie McDaid is somewhere in between.

McDaid played in the same under-21 side at Leeds as Kalvin Phillips, but never got as far as making a first team appearance.

 

After signing from Northern Irish side Glenavon under Massimo Cellino, McDaid showed flashes of quality for the academy. It wasn't enough, as he was released in 2016 after two years, following a brief loan at Lincoln.

An uncertain stint in non-league football followed, with McDaid signing with York City. It didn't last long.

McDaid returned to Northern Ireland and he has flourished, becoming a fan favourite at Glentoran.

In his last two games for the club he has scored three goals, getting this season off to a good start.

 

This is just a tenth of his total output for the club. McDaid has scored 30 goals for Glentoran, including 16 last season.

At the age of 22, McDaid has kickstarted his career and put his grounding at Leeds' academy to good use.

For a player who admitted to the York Press that he was 'living out of his car' after his Leeds release, he has become a big success.

He said: "I was training, living out of my car, staying at mates’ houses and I was thinking ‘this is not the line of work I am going to be able to do for the rest of my life.’ It wasn’t a case of not being good enough, it was more a case of bad luck."

Last year he signed a contract extension at Glentoran and his form this season continues to justify it.

It is uncertain how far he can go in the game, but McDaid is in a good place, and showing he was right to stick at it.

General View of Elland Road prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road on December 26, 2018 in Leeds, England.

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