Young Leeds United defender Liam Kitching will be staying at Harrogate Town for the rest of the season.
| Leeds United can confirm Harrogate Town have extended @Liamkitching48’s loan deal until the end of the season— Leeds United (@LUFC) February 16, 2018
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Ktiching went out on loan to local non-League side Harrogate Town back in January, and the club announced today that he will spend the rest of the season on-loan with the National League North side. Per the club’s official website:
Kitching joined Harrogate on an initial 28 day loan in January and after impressing for the National League North outfit, will remain at Wetherby Road for the rest of the campaign.
The centre-back was on the score-sheet for Town last weekend, helping them defeat Leamington 3-1 in the National League North.
Town currently sit in second place in the division, two points behind leaders Salford City and are vying for promotion.
Speaking about the extension, Leeds United Academy Manager Adam Underwood said: “We’ve had really positive feedback on Liam’s performances at Harrogate Town and extending his loan until the end of the season is the right thing for his development at this time.
”He is ready for the challenge of senior football, we will continue to monitor his progress closely and assess his next step during pre season.”
As the press release from the club noted, Harrogate Town are currently looking to get promoted to the National League. The National League was formerly known as the Conference, and it is the top level of non-League football in England. Harrogate Town, if they are promoted, would be competing against full-time professional teams and would be one promotion away from playing in the Football League, a level they have never played at before in their history. The club went fully professional for the first time this season, and getting promoted would be a major coup for the Yorkshire side.
Good luck to Liam, and hopefully he gets valuable experience while on loan at Harrogate Town in their promotion chase. He’s already scored a goal for them, maybe he can propel them to a famous playoff win.