Eoghan Stokes was once predicted to have a bright future at Leeds United. The Irishman headed to West Yorkshire from St Kevins in 2012 and impressed in the youth set-up at Thorp Arch. For a long period of time, it seemed Stokes was set to become the latest star to emerge at Elland Road, with Neil Redfearn and Steve Evans both big fans of the player.
However, Garry Monk was never as keen and injury trouble started to impact the player.
In February 2018, then Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen allowed the release of Stokes and the Irishman headed back to his homeland to join Bohemians. Since then, it has been an eventful period for Stokes.
He went on to join Derry City earlier this year before heading to Cork City this summer, his third team in 18 months since leaving Leeds.
Despite his sporadic club stability, the 23-year-old has informed Echo Live that he is still happy with his decision to move on from Leeds last year.
“It’s a good level.
“I’m back now a year and a half and I have enjoyed it. It’s what I wanted, playing men’s football and it is tough to acclimatise to it, it’s a lot different to playing U23s in England.
“I’m learning at the same time, I was 21 when I came back and learning from more experienced players can only benefit me.”
It has certainly been an eventful 18 months for Stokes since leaving Leeds and it would be fair to say he has not taken Irish football by storm just yet.
Leeds fans were certainly fond of the versatile attacker during his time in England and will perhaps be surprised that he has not settled at one club since his exit.