Connor Leak-Blunt has confirmed he has joined Sheffield United from Leeds United.
The midfielder has been on trial with the Blades and has now made the permanent switch to Bramall Lane.
— Connor Leak-Blunt (@ConnorBlunt14) January 1, 2020
Leak-Blunt only signed a three-year professional contract with Leeds in July. Yet Football Insider reports the 17-year-old came to an agreement with the Championship club to terminate the deal.
At the time Leak-Blunt had already begun his trial with the Blades, playing in an Under-23s match against Wigan Athletic.
It is somewhat surprising that the youngster was allowed to tear up his contract two-and-a-half years early. And just months after signing it.
Who is Connor Leak-Blunt?
Leak-Blunt spent nine years with the Whites academy after joining the Yorkshire club at the age of eight. His father, Jason Blunt, was also a Leeds youth product and later a coach at Elland Road until 2017.
Still a teenager, it’s unlikely Leak-Blunt will be close to getting into Chris Wilder’s first team any time soon. He will work under the guidance of new head of academy, Jack Lester.
Lester is pictured with Leak-Blunt in his tweet. The former Blades striker returned to the club in July having previously worked in the academies at Notts County and Nottingham Forest. He has also been Chesterfield manager and Wales Under-21s assistant.
The signing of Leak-Blunt comes shortly after the Blades secured the services of Kinetic Academy Under-18s captain, Kamarl Grant, following a successful trial.
Emil Bohinen has also been on trial with the South Yorkshide side recently. The son of former Blackburn Rovers, Derby County and Forest midfielder, Lars, held talks with Leeds as well.
Bohinen currently plays for Norwegian side Stabaek and their general director, Jon Tunold, confirmed a January switch to Bramall Lane is possible.
“He’s at the club to train with them. That’s why we are talking to the club and our player,” Tunold told Budstikka.
“It’s totally impossible to say. The football world is very unpredictable when it comes transfers. There is interest around several of our players.”