Leeds United: Mac has high hopes for McDaid

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Robbie McDaid has been challenged to emulate the impact made by Shane Long at Reading after joining Leeds United on a two-year deal.

The 17-year-old striker – a Republic of Ireland youth international – finalised a contract with Leeds on Thursday (March 20), moving to England from Glenavon.

As part of the deal, Leeds will play a friendly against Glenavon during the summer.

McDaid is likely to work with United’s development squad initially but manager Brian McDermott called the speed of Long’s rise at Reading after lining up a deal to bring him to the Madejski Stadium from Cork City in 2005.

McDermott said: “Robbie’s a young player from Ireland and I’ve got quite a good history with players from Ireland.

“He’s got a lot of potential and we’re looking forward to working with him.

“If he comes in flying then he’ll go into the first team.

“I remember working with Shane Long at Reading – he was 18 or 19 and he got himself in quite quickly, establishing himself as the player he is now.

“Let’s see what Robbie does.”

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