Leeds United: Whites begin Irish training camp

Leeds United's squad in pre-season training.
Leeds United's squad in pre-season training.

Northern Ireland international Stuart Dallas was the main absentee from a 24-man squad picked by Leeds United boss Garry Monk for the club’s training camp in southern Ireland.

Dallas has been given time off after featuring heavily in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign and he was missing from the group which flew from England on Sunday.

The travelling group featured new signings Kyle Bartley and Marcus Antonsson.

And they were joined by French forward Hadi Sacko, a 22-year-old who Leeds are working to sign on loan from Sporting Lisbon.

Monk has taken a number of development squad players to Ireland including Alex Purver, Eoghan Stokes and Tyler Denton, all of whom have signed new contracts in the past fortnight. Young defender Paul McKay – signed from Doncaster Rovers in January and a regular for the Under-21s last season – also made the trip.

United will train this week in preparation for their first friendly of the summer at Shelbourne in Dublin a week on Wednesday. Monk’s travelling players will then meet Shamrock Rovers on July 16 before flying back to England.

United’s travelling squad: Silvestri, Turnbull, Peacock-Farrell, Bamba, Bartley, Berardi, Cooper, Coyle, Denton, P McKay, Taylor, Botaka, Cook, Diagouraga, Mowatt, Murphy, Phillips, Purver, Vieira, Antonsson, Doukara, Erwin, Stokes, Wood, Sacko.

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