Bradford City manager Gary Bowyer has outlined his intention to bring Leeds loanee Paudie O’Connor back to the club for a second loan spell next season, as per the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Bowyer has been impressed with the 21-year-old defender during his time at Valley Parade and wants to take him back even though the club will be in League Two next season following relegation this season.
He said: “Paudie’s a good character. When I did my homework in the summer when I was bringing him (to Blackpool), I spoke to the appropriate people.
“They all gave him glowing references. They all told me what a good lad he was, what a good character and certainly what a good player. He’s competitive and for someone so young he talks ever so well.
“He’s a good organiser and I had no problems giving him the captain’s armband. But I’m going to shut up now talking about him because I don’t want anybody to take him in the summer, bar us.”
Bowyer has now managed O’Connor at two clubs and is clearly a huge admirer of the defender. Leeds could do with some options at the back though, and Marcelo Bielsa has given opportunities for young players this season so maybe he can get a chance at Elland Road next term.
That said, much may depend on whether he can guide Leeds back to the Premier League, because there’s a big difference between League One and the top flight, especially for a young player.