Leeds United welcome back club captain Liam Cooper in to first team reckoning after his recent red card ban, easing issues at the back a little for the Whites. However, it is another Liam that is making the headlines at the moment.
Young defender Liam Kitching, a product of the Academy system at Thorp Arch, is currently on loan at National League North pace-setters Harrogate Town. Town, who top the table and are on a run of four straight wins, took the Leeds United youngster on an initial one-month loan deal in mid-January.
The youngster notched his first goal (below) for his loan side earlier this month, scoring the second in a 3-1 win against Leamington. On the back of this, Leeds United extended his loan deal with the non-league side until the end of the season.
Speaking of the loan extension, Leeds United Academy manager Adam Underwood said: “We’ve had really positive feedback on Liam’s performances at Harrogate Town and extending his loan until the end of the season is the right thing for his development at this time. He is ready for the challenge of senior football, we will continue to monitor his progress closely and assess his next step during pre season.”
Not content with his first Harrogate Town goal, the youngster has had a Meatloaf moment and proven that two out of three ain’t bad in netting again for the Sulphurites in a terse 4-2 victory against Alfreton Town that preserves their top-of-the-table status as they look to continue their promotion tilt.
Youngster Kitching will obviously be learning from his exposure to regular football in a more challenging league than he could have hoped for playing for Leeds United U18 or U23 set-up. As his Academy manager Adam Underwood has stated (above), it could just be the development that he needs to take his next step up the football ladder.