I guess that’s one way of getting around EFL Loan rules.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell is going out on loan to National League North side York City.
Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell joining York City on loan. #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 12, 2017
The young goalkeeper had a loan to Oldham Athletic cancelled after signing a new deal this summer. Leeds United had to recall Peacock-Farrell because Marco Silvestri was dealt back to Serie A, joining Hellas Verona and Peacock-Farrell was needed as a emergency third keeper and needed in training.
And while Peacock-Farrell had been recalled, he wasn’t in frame to get any starts for the senior side with the addition of Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan this summer, even with the departure of Rob Green for Huddersfield Town. Peacock-Farrell had appeared on the bench a few times, but he wasn’t going to get a run of games. He had been spending time with the U23s, but will now go out on loan.
A loan move had been speculated for Peacock-Farrell for a few days now, as the club had apparently offered a contract to 21 year-old Poland youth international and ex-Feyenoord keeper Kamil Miazek. Miazek had been on trial with Leeds for a few weeks, and the addition of Miazek shows that the club is intent on adding to its haul of exciting Academy players this summer.
outside of the transfer window he either goes to non-league or looks for a special dispensation move in the Football League.— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) October 12, 2017
York City play in the National League North and are located a mere 15 miles from the Thorp Arch training ground. Bootham Crescent, the York City ground, is actually closer to Thorp Arch than Elland Road to put the distance in perspective. Since the transfer window is now closed, it wasn’t possible for Leeds to loan Peacock-Farrell to a club in the Football League, but it was possible for the club to loan the keeper to a team outside of the Football League, such as a team in either the National League or National League North. Most of the clubs in the National League are professional, and all of them are semi-professional at the very least. While the level of competition may not be the greatest, it’s still better than spending time in the Academy playing in the U23s, and playing so close to home will allow the club to monitor his development at York City. It’s a good move for Peacock-Farrell, and look for a longer loan deal coming up in January.