Conor Shaughnessy has explained that his main aim is to break into Leeds United’s first team in the current campaign.

The 20-year-old was signed by Leeds on a one-year deal in the summer after he impressed in training, following his departure from fellow Championship side Reading.

Shaughnessy was then added to Leeds’ Under-23 squad, with the youngster coming on as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra at Elland Road on Friday.

The Irishman, who is yet to make a competitive first team appearance in his career, insisted that he is aiming to catch Leeds boss Garry Monk’s eye.

But first, he is keen to increase his match fitness by turning out regularly for the Under-23s.


“Yes, that’s the main aim”, Shaughnessy told LUTV, when asked if he is targeting first team football this season.

“I have got to take it step by step.

"I need to get my [match] fitness up by playing with the Under-23s and hopefully catch the manager’s eye and given a chance to train and go from there.

“It is a huge year for me, hopefully the transition from Under-23 football to first team football.

“Hopefully I will be able to push on in the next few months.”

Shaughnessy, who is a product of Reading’s youth system, made 16 Under-21 Premier League appearances for the Royals last season.

His present employers are currently fifth in the Professional Development League table (north) with four points from three games.