By Anthony Onifade

15th Sep, 2023 | 8:10am

Jack Harrison may have played last game for Leeds United as new Everton images emerge

Leeds United loanee Jack Harrison may have played his last game at Elland Road as images emerged of him enjoying life at Everton following his return from injury.

Everton took advantage of a loan exit clause that kicked in upon United’s relegation from the Premier League last season.

The Toffees will cover Harrison’s wages, but Leeds missed out on the chance of landing a sizable fee for the winger – if they were planning to cash in, that is.

The Englishman is yet to make his debut for the Toffees in the midst of his recovery from a hip injury but is set to return to full fitness in late September, per BirminghamLive (August 15), and was a rare standout in Leeds’ poor relegation-ending campaign last season.

And there is a chance of Harrison making the return to Elland Road should Leeds United be promoted from the Championship for next season.

However, Everton posted images on their official website on Thursday [14 September] of Harrison training alongside his new team-mates and he certainly seems to be enjoying life on Merseyside as he steps up his recovery which suggests the Premier League final-day relegation defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on 25 May could certainly be his last in a Leeds United shirt.

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Seeing Harrison depart last month was a hammer blow for Leeds, especially considering the circumstances surrounding his exit.

The exit clauses came back to haunt the Whites all summer, with as many as around ten first-team stars departing to seek pastures new elsewhere because of the club’s Championship plight and that may again be the case ahead of next season.

As revealed by The Athletic’s Phil Hay on The Square Ball podcast [9 September], there may be an identical clause in Harrison’s contract should Leeds not get promoted from the Championship this campaign.

It means the Whites are effectively draining money on Harrison each season they are in the second tier.

The former Manchester City academy graduate could have proven a telling commodity for Daniel Farke but the Championship was certainly a step-down for him, especially with the 26-year-old now entering his prime years.

Everton were well within their right to take advantage of the exit clause and should Harrison become a success at Goodison Park, both parties will certainly be looking to extend that partnership on a permanent basis.

In other Leeds United news, a promising Elland Road injury update has emerged as three players are now set to return to action at The Den on Sunday.