Mansfield boss hails Leeds' loanee Conor Shaughnessy

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

The Leeds United-owned player seems t obe impressing his loan manager in training.

Conor Shaughnessy of Leeds United during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

It's easy to forget, but Conor Shaughnessy was a reasonably big player for Leeds United in the not too distant past.

The towering Irish centre-back was a prominent player during Thomas Christiansen's reign at Elland Road and started the 0-0 draw with Hull City on January 30 in 2018, the day that he suffered a season-ending injury.

Paul Heckingbottom came and went and Shaughnessy appeared to blow his chance to impress Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa after returning to full fitness, being substituted at half-time during a League Cup defeat by Preston North End last season.

The 23-year-old hasn't been seen in a Leeds shirt since, but seems to be rebuilding his career during a loan stint at League Two outfit Mansfield Town.

 

Shaughnessy, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Hearts up North, is an ever-present figure for Stags boss John Dempster, who believes that there's so much more to come from the former Reading youth after studying him in training.

He told The Yorkshire Evening Post: "I believe there is more to come. Conor has not had loads of football this season after his spell in Scotland last season. So I expect him to go from strength to strength.

"He trains very hard every day and I expect his levels to go up consistently over the forthcoming weeks.”

The big man, contracted to the Whites until 2021, has managed 532 minutes in League Two so far this season.

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...

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