Conor Shaughnessy has left Leeds United to move to League One Rochdale, the club has confirmed.
The 24-year-old was told in December that he would be free to leave this transfer window after failing to settle a new contract with the Whites.
He had been demoted to the Under-18s at Leeds after being surplus to requirements and not accepting a contract settlement.
However, that was agreed on Monday when his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
He has now signed an 18-month contract with Rochdale.
We're delighted to announce the signing of Conor Shaughnessy on an 18-month contract ✍️
Welcome to the Club, Conor! 🙌#RAFC
— Rochdale AFC (@officiallydale) February 1, 2021
Another club had shown interest in Shaughnessy but he reportedly rejected their advances.
More deals expected
Marcelo Bielsa confirmed after the Leicester match that there would be no incomings at Elland Road on deadline day.
However, the Whites still appear to be involved in a number of transfer deals.
Phil Hay reports that Oliver Casey and Jay Roy-Grot could be set for loan moves. Casey played for the Under-23s today, though.
Rafa Mujica finally completed huis loan to Las Palmas and with his contract up in the summer, that’s the last we’ll see of him.
As for Shaughnessy, he was never going to make it at Elland Road and his departure was a foregone conclusion. It was just a case of when.
Agreeing on a contract termination has now given him a new lease of life – he was being wasted in the Leeds Under-18s.
We wish him well and hope our other loan stars can make a positive impression in their time away from the club.
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