Leeds United youngster Connor Teale has joined Fleetwood Town on a permanent deal, the League One side have confirmed on their official website.
Teale had made a number of appearances for the Whites’ under-18s this term. The 18-year-old made eight appearances in the under-18 Premier League, while he also featured in the FA Youth Cup tie at MK Dons last month.
Some may have been expecting Teale to potentially push towards the under-23 fold at some stage. He had also been on the bench for an EFL Trophy clash earlier this season.
However, the teenager has moved on. Fleetwood have confirmed on their official website that Teale has joined them permanently.
The club have announced that he has signed a contract set to run until 2023. They also have the option to extend his terms by a further year.
Of course, the move to Highbury Stadium sees Teale join former Leeds boss Simon Grayson’s club.
It was announced that he will initially join up with Stephen Crainey’s development squad. Like Grayson, Crainey has experience of playing for the Whites.
It is not uncommon for youngsters to seal moves ahead of the summer, particularly if they are aware that they are unlikely to be retained.
It must be noted that it is not clear whether Leeds wanted to hold onto Teale or were already planning to let him move on.
But with the Whites’ academy producing so many exciting players right now, you can understand why Teale may feel that heading elsewhere may give him the best chance to break into the senior game.