Leeds United U18s won the recent Tri-Series tournament held in Doha (Qatar) last week, defeating sides from the Aspire Academy and Shandong Luneng in China.

Speaking to LUTV, Leeds’ in-house media unit recently, Academy Manager Adam Underwood elaborated on what it means to the club for its youngsters to be involved in such tournaments saying that such invites are “really beneficial.”

He also talks about the wider benefits of the link up in the short video (below) and what it means for the interface between club and player. He says that a link up is beneficial as it allows Leeds United and their staff access to a different set-up where they can look at processes and evaluate “how we work with young players in the academy.”

Underwood elaborates further sating that “exposure to the knowledge that’s in the Aspire Academy and the people that work here is fantastic for us,” going on to say how Leeds can learn and benefit from the way things are undertaken by their Qatari partners.

He also reveals that the club have two youngster from the Aspire Academy at Thorp Arch who are training alongside the U23 squad, saying that the duo are at the club “for a significant period of time.” Both players arrived before last Christmas and, after leaving to play in the Asian Cup, will remain at Leeds United until the end of the season.


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