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‘Surprised’: Leeds United fans react as Paudie O’Connor heads to Bradford City

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‘Surprised’: Leeds United fans react as Paudie O’Connor heads to Bradford City

The central defender has joined the Bantams on a permanent deal.

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.

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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.

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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:

 

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