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Morning Leeds-in for 19 December: The McKay twins leave the Leeds Academy

Plus some links to enjoy with your morning tea.

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The McKay twins are no longer Leeds United Academy players.

Paul & Jack McKay, sons of agent Willie McKay, had been signed from Doncaster Rovers in January 2016, but both failed to make an impact at the club. Paul McKay’s only senior appearance for Leeds came against Sutton United in the FA Cup last year and Jack never made a single senior appearance. The two of them were released from their contracts six months early, and have already gone on trial at Cardiff City.

This isn’t a big loss for Leeds, as the brothers are already 21, and at this point, should have been making a few appearances for the first team if they were ever going to develop into everyday players in the Championship or even League One. If they weren’t the sons of Willie McKay, this would hardly be news.

Anyway, the Leeds Academy is growing, with players coming in from all over the world, and the club has even started to recruit locally as well, signing Ryan Edmondson from York City a few weeks back. And while it may not have worked out for the McKay brothers at Leeds, we wish them well in their future in football.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Leeds U23s came from behind yesterday to grab a point against Bolton Wanderers. [Leeds]

Leeds United Ladies player Jenny Clark answered a Q&A with the team’s official website. [Leeds]

Genoa fullback Aleandro Rosi was linked with a potential move to Leeds. [Through It All Together]

Liverpool winger Ryan Kent is again linked with a move to Leeds after a summer move to Freiburg in the Bundesliga has not worked out the way that everyone had hoped. [Through It All Together]

England and English football links.

Everton came from 1-0 down to beat Swansea City at Goodison Park 3-1. [Royal Blue Mersey]

An examination as to why Henrikh Mkhitaryan has gone MIA at Manchester United. [The Busby Babe]

World Football Links

Atlético Madrid star forward Antoine Griezmann’s blackface incident exposes an attitude in Spain that is a very big issue and should be addressed. [Into the Calderon]

Portland Timbers FC announced that former NY Cosmos manager Giovanni Savarese is now their new manager. [Stumptown Footy]

Toronto FC can cement their status as the best MLS team of all time by winning the Concacaf Champions League. [Waking the Red]