League Two side Mansfield Town have confirmed on their official club website that defender Conor Shaughnessy has joined on loan for the duration of the 2019/20 season from Championship side Leeds United.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has been busy cutting his squad down over the course of the summer transfer window, with a number of fringe players and youngsters making moves away from Elland Road. Transfer deadline day has seen a number of players leave Leeds, with Vurnon Anita being released and Laurens de Bock joining Sunderland on loan. Now, it has been confirmed that another player has left.

Centre-back Conor Shaughnessy has completed a loan move away to League Two side Mansfield Town and he will remain with the Stags until the end of the 2019/20 season. Shaughnessy spoke to the club’s official website upon the announcement of the move and said he is looking forward to continuing his development with John Dempster’s side during an important stage of his career. He said:

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“This is an important stage of my career and it feels like the right move for me. I need to play games, get experience under my belt and I think this is the perfect place for me to do that.

“This is a club which is looking to move in the right direction. I’ve had a really good conversation with the manager, who has told me about where he sees me fitting in, our style of play, and it all added up to make this an easy decision to join.

“I’m heading into this loan move with a real positive mindset, hoping to make the most of it and looking to play as many games as possible.”

Shaughnessy, 23, has been with Leeds since 2016 and has played a total of 15 times for the club’s senior team, finding most of his game time at Elland Road in the Under-23s. He spent the second half of last season on loan in Scotland with Hearts and having completed another loan move away, he will be hoping to continue his development in League Two with the Stags.

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