The Leeds United academy is set to receive category one status from the Premier League, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay. 

That means the Academy will join the top tier for the first time and reap the rewards that come with it.

It means that with the first-team (*hopefully) set for Premier League football next season, the Under-23s will be able to compete in Premier League Two.

The Leeds youngsters can also play in European competitions and enter the Leasing.com trophy.

It’s massive news and just reward for all the work that Leeds have put into their Academy in recent years.

The Under-23s have been hugely successful under Carlos Corberan (and Marcelo Bielsa’s watchful eye), winning the PDL National title last season.

Several Under-23s have made the successful transition up into the first team.

And Leeds have had ambitious plans approved for developing Fullerton Park into a community sports hub.

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The first team might be the main focus for fans and the general public. But long-term success comes from a vibrant academy and Leeds are in absolutely brilliant condition here.

Kalvin Phillips is just one example of what can happen when you invest time and money in the youth set-up.

Bielsa is a big part of this and it was reportedly the changes that he wanted to see at Thorp Arch that led to Leeds moving forward with the category one application ahead of schedule.

This news is yet more validation for Andrea Radrizzani and the entire board at Leeds United.

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