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14 year-old wunderkind goalkeeper reportedly on trial at Leeds United

Conner Byrne of Glenavon is wanted by a host of English clubs

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Leeds United reportedly has a 14 year-old wunderkind Conner Byrne on trial from Irish League side Glenavon. The young goalkeeper has already made his first-team debut with Glenavon, playing in the league match against Portadown. And while the starlet is attracting interest from Premier League clubs, according to the Twitter account Scouts in Attendance, the keeper is already on trial with Leeds.

According to the Mirror, Bryne’s first team debut was observed by a number of English clubs, with notable names such as Liverpool and Manchester United leading the way, with Everton and Tottenham Hotspur also interested in the Northern Ireland international.

Leeds have had luck in recent times bringing over young Irish players, with Paudie O’Connor and Conor Shaugnessy both coming over from the Republic of Ireland, and the club also has Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas and Republic of Ireland international Eunan O’Kane on the team as well.

Leeds scouts have already brought one goalkeeper into the team this season, landing former Feyenoord goalkeeper and Poland youth international Kamil Miazek after taking the 21 year-old on trial earlier in the season. The club then sent out Academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell on loan to York City for a month, but recalled him. He is likely to go out on loan in January, as he has yet to make a senior appearance for Leeds and had a loan deal to Oldham cancelled at the last minute after Leeds sold Marco Silvestri to Hellas Verona in the summer.

Obviously, the club is in search of talent from all over the globe, as the club has signed a number of Spanish youth players this summer, and recently signed 16 year-old striker Ryan Edmondson from York City as well.

Will the young keeper sign with Leeds? Since Leeds apparently have the kid on trial, it’s a good possibility. However, don’t get too excited about right away. It’ll be years before he makes a first-team debut at Elland Road, and if he is signed, expect him to spend some time in the Academy and possibly out on loan before moving up the ranks.