By Anthony Onifade

9th Sep, 2023 | 10:10am

Archie Gray reacts to Leeds United exit news as transfer confirmation made

Leeds United midfielder Archie Gray has liked a social media post from Jack Jenkins confirming his temporary exit from Elland Road.

As per the official Whites website (8 September), the 21-year-old has joined National League North side Scunthorpe United on a season-long loan deal until January.

Jenkins, who has played four times in the Premier League 2 this season, has one senior Leeds appearance to his name and joins a long list of players to leave the club on loan.

Sharing his delight at his new loan move, Jenkins posted on Instagram: “Happy to be here!”

And among those liking the post was Jenkins’ former Leeds academy teammate Gray.

Best move for all parties

It is clear that, even with all of the exits at Elland Road in the summer transfer window, Jenkins is not at the forefront of the mind of Daniel Farke and it was the best move for him to seek pastures new.

Capable of playing in both central midfield and central defence, the youngster is seemingly well down the list of options that the new Whites manager currently possesses in his weaponry.

At 21 years of age, Jenkins certainly needs to be playing football as he reaches the age where his first team development will be crucial and rotting in the Leeds United under-21s will not have helped him at all.

But it doesn’t mean the end of his Leeds career, with the player now wanting to go and gain some vital experience at his temporary club.

He has previously spent time on loan at Salford City and now joins up with Scunthorpe, who currently sit top of the National League North table.

But while Jenkins seeks pastures new, his former academy teammate Gray is a fully-fledged member of the Leeds United first team after impressing already this season, with Farke impressed with his development [Leeds Live, 8 September].

In other Leeds United news, the Whites may have another Gray on their hands following a development over the international break.