December last year saw Leeds United release two players prematurely from their contracts at Elland Road. Paul and Jack McKay were both told they could find new clubs by Leeds, six months before their contracts at Elland Road were due to expire.
It came as little surprise to Leeds fans. The pair had failed to make much of an impact at the club. The twins made a combined total of just the one first-team appearance, defender Paul playing in the FA Cup loss v non-league Sutton United.
He also spent time on loan at Gainsborough Trinity whilst Jack had a half-season with Scottish club Airdrie.
Leeds fans were fairly unanimous that the pair would not be missed. The sons of football agent Willie McKay had failed to make a lasting impression after their arrival at Leeds from Yorkshire rivals Doncaster Rovers in 2016.
But as soon as they were told they could depart the duo embarked on trial periods at Cardiff City. The Championship rivals, managed by former Leeds boss Neil Warnock, wanted to see if the twins could help in the Bluebirds under-23s set-up.
Clearly, the decision was that they could, as Cardiff soon offered the McKay’s two-and-a-half year deals in South Wales.
Now the Welsh capital side will be playing in the Premier League next season. Cardiff finished second in the Championship this season, with former Leeds captain Sol Bamba a pivotal figure in their rise.
Next season the McKay twins will be trying their best to push on in the under-23s and will be hoping for a shot at Premier League football.
Whilst that would seem an unlikely scenario, a few injuries and some good form with the youngsters could certainly see it happen. Leeds fans won’t be too concerned, as in the long-run the pair are surely not good enough to play Premier League football.
But it certainly appears that they have managed to fall on their feet after being given a premature boot by Leeds United just before Christmas.