Leeds United announced another new signing of one of the club’s successful Academy players. Oriol Rey put pen to paper to sign a new contract that will keep him at the club until the 2019-20 season.
Rey joined Leeds from Barcelona last summer, and has been a mainstay in the U23s this season. He was one of the many new summer transfer window signings that filled the U23s, along with players that also joined from Spain such as Ousama Siddiki, who joined from Real Madrid, Alejandro Machuca, who joined from Rayo Vallecano, Adrian Balboa, who joined from UD Unificacion Bellvitge and Kun Temenuzhkov, who joined from Barcelona.
✍ | Leeds United are pleased to announce @OriolRey_6 has signed a new two year contract with the club— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 13, 2018
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Per the club’s official website:
During his first season with the club, he has been a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side, making 30 appearances and scoring two goals in the Professional Development League.
Rey has featured in the first team squad this season, but is yet to make his full debut and will be hoping to emulate the likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Paudie O’Connor and Tom Pearce, who have all recently broken into the senior team from the Academy.
He has been part of the squad currently on the AYA Bank Tour of Myanmar and featured in both friendly games for Paul Heckingbottom’s side against Myanmar’s national team and the Myanmar National League All-Stars.
⚽️ | #Throwback After signing from Barcelona last August, Oriol introduced himself with this stunning strike for the U23s against Forest pic.twitter.com/iVybRdbbcF— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 13, 2018
Rey has been one of the most highly regarded of all of the U23s, with many observers convinced that he would be one of the players that could easily make the leap to the first team. While he didn’t make his debut for Leeds first team this past season, it’s not out of the realm of possibility to see him included in preseason and perhaps he’ll make a few appearances during the season as well. He’s only 20, so there is plenty of time for him to advance up the ranks at the club.