Leeds United Under-23 boss Jason Blunt is delighted the Whites have signed Conor Shaughnessy, who he feels can dictate a game from the middle of the park.

The Irishman had been training with Leeds this summer following his departure from fellow Championship side Reading and the midfielder did enough to convince the Whites to snap him up.

Shaughnessy was handed a one-year deal by the Yorkshire club and has been added to the development squad, bolstering Blunt's options.

Until recently the 20-year-old was out with an injury, but he did feature in Friday night's 1-1 Under-23 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Elland Road, being brought off the bench around the hour mark.

Blunt thinks that the midfielder will prove to be a good addition, especially with his experience of the game being needed to help guide the younger players in the development squad.


"We saw Conor when he came in on trial, we only just got the deal through, but he's been injured and had just one training session [on Thursday] so we were never going to play him from the start", the Under-23s boss explained to LUTV.

"Conor's got loads of qualities. He can dictate the game. He is six foot three, six foot four and he is another one who will be really good alongside some of the young players we've got.

"I think it's important that when you've got such a young group you do have a little experience in there to nurture them."

Shaughnessy will now be looking to build up his fitness to put himself in contention to feature from the start for the Under-23s.

The Under-23s are next in action on Monday afternoon when they host Charlton Athletic at Leeds' Thorp Arch training base.