Leeds United goalkeeper confirms exit on Twitter as contract expires
Teenage goalkeeper Joshua Rae has confirmed on Twitter that he is leaving Leeds United this summer after his contract with the Championship club is set to expire this summer.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper joined Leeds in the summer of 2017 from Scottish champions Celtic, after the Hoops had lured him to Parkhead from Hamilton Academicals.
He has been with Leeds’ Under-18 side for much of his two-year stay, but did play on one occasion for the impressive Under-23 side this season – during the whirlwind penalty-shootout win in the Premier League 2 Cup against Fulham.
Starting on the bench, Rae came on after 50 minutes after Harrison Male was sent off. He produced a number of miraculous saves, before saving two in the penalty shootout as Leeds progressed following a 2-2 draw.
But with competition from the likes of Kamil Miazek and Will Huffer, Leeds have decided to let Rae leave at the end of his contract. The Scottish youngster posted on Twitter, thanking Leeds for his time at Elland Road.
— Joshua Rae (@_joshuarae) May 10, 2019
Judging on his performance against Fulham, letting Rae go at only 18 years of age is a horrendous decision. The stopper seemed to have it all, and judging by social media, he has plenty of camaraderie with the Leeds players.
The Scot produced one-on-one saves, claimed corners and kicked well during his time between the sticks at Guiseley’s Nethemoor Park. He has bags of potential and it certainly showed.
Now, he is likely to be snapped up by another club and in a few years time he will surely be playing senior football, if he can build on his excellent appearance for the second string. Will Leeds regret letting him go? Maybe.
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