Leeds United sign off on new deals at Elland Road with pictures of fresh talent

Louie Dudley, William Firth, Joshua Hamilton, George Kenyon, Freedie Lane, Luke Matykiewicz, Jack Morris, Oliver Pickles, Jacob Render and Elton Simo are pictured at Elland Road in June 2024 after signing scholarship terms with Leeds United
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Two of Leeds United’s FA Youth Cup finalists are among 10 players confirmed by the club as new scholars for the forthcoming season. Two-year contracts have been signed by the teenagers, who will now continue their development at Thorp Arch.

Striker Freddie Lane started last month’s under-18 final at Manchester City, while Oliver Pickles was an unused substitute for Rob Etherington. They have cleared this latest hurdle on the road to achieving their dream of becoming professional footballers with Leeds.

A club statement said: “Leeds United are pleased to announce 10 players have agreed scholarships with the club’s academy, penning two-year deals at Elland Road. While continuing their footballing journeys with the Whites, scholars will also have the opportunity to undertake a variety of educational programmes, as well as studying for a BTEC Diploma to help their development away from the pitch.

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“Everyone at Leeds United would like to congratulate the players on signing scholarships with the academy and look forward to seeing their continued development at Thorp Arch.”

The players who signed scholarship terms with the club are Louie Dudley, William Firth, Joshua Hamilton, George Kenyon, Lane, Luke Matykiewicz, Jack Morris, Pickles, Jacob Render and Elton Simo.

Charlie Crew and Archie Gray are two of the highest-profile scholars to sign at Elland Road in recent years. That pair were part of the 2022 cohort who signed two-year deals at the time.

One year after signing his scholarship terms, Gray was starting in the Championship under Daniel Farke at 17. Crew was not far behind him, breaking into the first-team squad on Good Friday, 18 months after his scholarship announcement.