Paudie O’Connor has left Leeds United and made a return to Bradford City, the Championship side have confirmed on their official website.

The 21-year-old joined the Whites in 2017 from Irish side Limerick and struggled to establish himself in the Yorkshire club’s first-team plans, as he went on to make just four senior appearances before joining Bradford on loan in January.

Leeds are currently in the process of drawing up their plans for next season and will be targeting nothing less than automatic promotion to the Premier League.

During the course of the second half of last season, Leeds man O’Connor was part of the Bradford side which was relegated from League One as he went on to nine appearances for the club in England’s third-tier.

He appears to have won the admiration of manager Gary Bowyer and was even given the opportunity to captain the club a number of times.

A move from Leeds to Bradford was no doubt a good choice from O’Connor.

The fact that he choose to leave Elland Road permanently suggests that he was happy to be in that environment.

It is highly likely that O’Connor will get first-team football on a regular basis next term and this will allow him to advance his career – something that was not available at Leeds.

He made a better choice than choosing to play in a higher division while spending most of his time warming the benches.


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