Paudie O’Connor has posted a heartfelt message to Leeds United and the club’s supporters after leaving the club on a permanent basis to join League Two side Bradford City this summer.
The 21-year-old had a tumultuous campaign last season, firstly joining Blackpool where he impressed during 17 outings and even scored against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. He then joined Bradford in January.
The Ireland youth international captained Gary Bowyer’s side for the last three league games of the season despite being on loan and just 21 years of age. Despite interest from League One clubs, O’Connor wants game time.
That has seen him opt to rejoin Bradford in the fourth tier, and he posted a heartfelt message on Twitter after two years on the books at Elland Road. Bailey Peacock-Farrell and former Leeds winger Billy Whitehouse reacted.
Would like to say a big thank you to everyone @LUFC for the opportunity to learn and play at such a big club over the past 2 years! Was unbelievable to get to walk out to a full house at Elland Road and wish the club all the best for the future! ⚽️👏🏼 #MOT pic.twitter.com/OrQltIISNp
— Paudie O'Connor (@Paudie97) June 18, 2019
All the best @Paudie97 go and smash it 👏🏼👊🏼👊🏼
— B Peacock-Farrell (@bailey_pf) June 18, 2019
@Paudie97 all the best you 🤘
— BW (@bilwhitehouse32) June 18, 2019
Leeds fans have already made it clear in their immediate reactions that they are surprised their club have let O’Connor go on a permanent basis. Indeed, there was potential there for him to have a bash at the senior side.
Under Paul Heckingbottom, O’Connor made four senior appearances for Leeds and starred against Aston Villa at Villa Park. With Leeds lacking in centre-back options, O’Connor could have been a decent option.