Leeds United have confirmed on their official website that Paudie O’Connor has joined Bradford City on a three-year deal ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
Irish centre-half O’Connor rejoins the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
The Limerick-born no-nonsense defender played nine games for the Bantams during 2018/19 and will aim to help the club to an immediate return to League One.
O’Connor was handed his debut at Leeds under former boss Paul Heckingbottom. He played four games towards the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Under current boss Marcelo Bielsa he has fallen down the pecking order, however, and this move will allow him to really kickstart his career in English football.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of O’Connor’s departure is the terms of the agreement.
It had been anticipated that the Irishman would join Bradford for a second loan spell.
The permanent deal is great for the player, but some Leeds fans would have perhaps liked him to be kept for a while longer.
Several supporters have taken to Twitter in the aftermath of this news to offer their thoughts.
We rounded up some of the best posts following news that O’Connor has now permanently departed Elland Road:
Bit surprised we’ve let him go permanently
— batesylufc2 (@batesylufc2) June 18, 2019
He should have been playing for us or at least a back up. Way too good for League 2
— Matt (@mattlufc_) June 18, 2019
He had potential him
— Freddy Dalton (@freddylufc) June 18, 2019
Shame, thought he was good when he was thrown in
— jake stevens (@jakeste73104099) June 18, 2019
Shocking decision by the club….good luck @Paudie97 but think this will come back and bite us
— Aaron Taylor (@AzzaLufc) June 18, 2019
Bit shocked it’s a permanent transfer. Looked fantastic in the little games he played and club seemed to rate him highly last summer. Good luck @Paudie97
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) June 18, 2019
Looked a good player to me and thought he’d get a look in. Good luck to him though.
— SeanyCain (@Seancain12) June 18, 2019
Bit disappointed with this. Should be getting rid of Anita, de Bock and the like…not promising youngsters.
— Steven Barras (@StevenBarras) June 18, 2019
Ok, those in charge know what they are doing but I am surprised at this one
— Paul Brace (@PaulBrace7) June 18, 2019
Poor decision thought he was a good player
— Steve Cantrell (@SteveCantrell85) June 18, 2019