Jonny Madden has left Middlesbrough after nine-and-a-half years to take up the role of Head of Academy Physical Development at Leeds United.

Madden had most recently been Lead Academy Fitness and Conditioning Coach at the EFL side since March 2019.

The Head of Academy Physical Development job at Leeds was held by Rob Etherington, who has now moved up to be a coach for the Under-18s at Thorp Arch.

Posting on Twitter this evening, Etherington said he was “delighted” to be moving into a coaching role and added, “Brilliant to have Jonny Madden on board with us.”

Madden was also welcomed by Leeds Under-23s manager Mark Jackson who tweeted, “Welcome to the team Jonny.”

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Future is bright 

It’s a fantastic time to be joining the Academy set-up at Thorp Arch.

Leeds secured Category One status last summer and have been flying high in Division 2 in the Premier League 2 this season.

They’re now on the cusp of winning promotion to Division 1 where they’ll play teams like Man City and Chelsea next season.

With first-team players regularly playing in the under-23s and Marcelo Bielsa using it as a way of testing out youngsters on the verge of the first-team, there’s a real synergy between the two sides that doesn’t happen at a lot of clubs.

Leeds invested a lot of money in players like Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh last summer and they’ve all been turning heads at Thorp Arch this season.

The future is very bright and we can’t imagine there’s a better Academy to come and work for at the moment.

Welcome to the team Jonny!

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