Teen striker Dalby the latest to swell Leeds United's ranks

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Victor Orta
Leeds United have made a further addition to their development squad by signing 18-year-old Sam Dalby from non-league Leyton Orient.

The teenage striker, who made his debut for Orient at the age of 16, has agreed a two-and-a-half year contract at Elland Road and could make his first appearance for United in Friday’s Under-23 clash with Barnsley.

Dalby played 19 times for Orient, who were relegated from the Football League last season, and is the latest in a long line of junior players to arrive at Thorp Arch.

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Leeds have been steadily building their development squad since Andrea Radrizzani’s takeover and the appointment of Victor Orta as director of football in May.

Forward Oliver Sarkic joined on a permanent deal from Benfica earlier this month after completing a successful loan spell and Finland Under-19 international Aapo Halme arrived from HJK Helsinki shortly after the January window opened.

Orta said: “He (Dalby) has already tasted League Two and National League football, he is tall and strong and we are confident that in a couple of years’ time he can be competing for a place in our first team.”