By Mark Smith

23rd Aug, 2021 | 2:44pm

Jack Patterson arrives for Leeds United trial - YEP

Crusaders midfielder Jack Patterson has arrived for his trial at Leeds United on Monday, according to Graham Smyth.

The record-breaking teen has already attracted interested from West Ham, Everton and Rangers this summer.

At 15-years-old, Patterson has already become the youngest player to feature in a competitive match for the Northern Irish side.

Patterson is part of Northern Ireland’s elite football programme.

It is designed to help youngsters prepare for international and professional football throughout their careers ahead of them.

Charlie Allen was also part of that programme, and arrived at Leeds last season and is now a regular in the under-23s.

The playmaker was also 15 when making his senior debut in Northern Ireland, and has made a big impression since arriving.


We only expected Leo Hjelde to arrive as the final academy signing this summer, but that could quickly change.

Angus Kinnear has already admitted that Leeds are ready to pounce when signings become available, and that isn’t just about the first team.

Patterson has attracted serious interest throughout the Premier League and Scotland and making a move quickly after this trial may help.

It is unknown whether he may be involved with the under-23s or 18s, but there is always scope to quickly progress at Thorp Arch should you impress.

With Hjelde expected through the door this week, it would be no surprise to see Patterson follow suit and confirm his move.

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