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Leeds United release four youth players & offer contracts to Pearce, Miazek, & Odour

Romario Vieira headlines the four U23 players that are now free to find somewhere else to play

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Leeds United released their retained list yesterday, announcing that four U23 players, including Romario Vieira, were free to go. Moses Abioye, Matthew Keogh, and Moise Kroma were also released by the club.

Leeds also announced that they had extended contracts to three U23 players. Kamil Miazek, Clarke Odour, and Tom Pearce all had contracts offered to them by the club, and now have a month to accept or reject the contract offer.

The highest profile player on the list of released players is Romario Vieira, the twin brother of first team star Ronaldo Vieira. While his brother has broken into the first team in a big way, playing an important role in the club for the past two seasons, Romario never had as big an impact as his brother.

Romario was named to the bench twice during the season for the first team, but did not enter the match. He was named to the bench for the match against Cardiff City, Thomas Christiansen’s final match in charge of the side, and also made the bench against Hull City. He also was called up to the Guinea-Bissau senior team for a friendly this past March.

18 year-old striker Moses Abioye, 18 year-old defender Matthew Keogh, and 17 year-old striker Moise Kroma were also not offered contracts by the club.

Of the players that were offered contracts by the club, Tom Pearce is the highest profile of all of them. Pearce broke into the first team at Leeds this past year, and played some wonderful football at the end of the season. Pearce scored his first senior goal against Barnsley FC and was recently invited to the England U21 squad to play in the Toulon Tournament, the same tournament that Ronaldo Vieira played in last summer.

Kamil Miazek joined Leeds this past year, first on trial and then on a permanent basis during the January transfer window. The goalkeeper had previously played for Feyenoord in the Netherlands.

Clarke Odour, an 18 year-old winger, also played in the U23s last season.