Lewie Coyle last night joined Fleetwood Town on a season-long loan after signing a new contract at Leeds United.
The 21-year-old right-back put pen to paper on a fresh three-year deal at Elland Road and immediately left United for a year in League One with Uwe Rosler’s Fleetwood.
Young Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell now looks set to follow suit after attracting interested from the same division.
Peacock-Farrell, 20, who made his only first-team appearance more than a year ago, has 12 months left on his deal at Elland Road but United want to extend that agreement before sending him out on loan.
John Sheridan’s Oldham Athletic are vying to sign Peacock-Farrell for a full campaign and the player is pushing for first-team football having broken into the Northern Ireland set-up earlier this year.
Coyle, Leeds’ former Under-21s captain, is also looking for an extended run of games after playing 23 times for the first team in the past two years.
United’s decision to renew his contract and extend his stay at Elland Road from 2019 to 2020 is a vote of confidence in an academy product who has been highly rated by a string of head coaches.
Coyle worked under Rosler during Rosler’s short time as head coach of Leeds in 2015 and speaking after joining Fleetwood, the full-back said: “He was one of the first managers to bring me through and I went on my first pre-season tour with him.
“Both him and (assistant) Rob Kelly were big factors in me coming here.”
Peacock-Farrell is seen as a future number one at Elland Road but his prospects of featuring next season were diminished by Leeds’ move to sign German keeper Felix Wiedwald.
He finished last term on the bench after second-choice keeper Marco Silvestri was sent for knee surgery but he has not played for the first team since making his debut in a 1-1 draw against Queens Park Rangers in April 2016.