'Fly now' Leeds United players' telling dressing room response to Archie Gray's Tottenham move

Archie Gray and Georginio Rutter of Leeds United celebrate
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Confirmation of Archie Gray's move to Tottenham Hotspur led to an outpouring of love and also frustration among Leeds United supporters as one of the best young talents produced by the club in decades said goodbye after just one season in the first team.

A failure to win automatic promotion back to the Premier League ultimately cost Leeds financially as they sold Gray to help settle the books for Profit and Sustainability reasons, but also as to not stand in the way of the 18-year-old playing at the highest level possible. It's a bitter pill for many supporters to swallow right now, and no doubt there will be disappointment at the Leeds training ground once all the players have returned, with Gray a popular figure and a player of genuine quality, which the squad know they've lost.

While that may be the case, Gray's team-mates will also be delighted to see the teenager get an opportunity in the Premier League at a club with European football to look forward to. That certainly seemed the case as the players responded to Gray's Instagram post following the announcement of his exit.

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"Fly now my friend," was the reply from team-mate Georginio Rutter, while Gray's club captain and a man he knows very well in Liam Cooper, wrote; "Wishing you nothing but the best Arch. A serious young player with your whole career ahead of you. Proud of you mate.

Pascal Struijk was short and to the point with his, "All the best brother," message, a sentiment shared by Joe Gelhardt: "All the best lad." and Jamie Shackleton: "All the best my boy." Former Leeds team-mate Luke Ayling responded with; "All the best my man," while darts world champion Luke Humphries wrote; "Wishing you all the best mate!!