Leeds striker tipped for stardom undergoes trial at bitter rivals
By Ian Hunt
A Leeds striker tipped to have a “massive future” is undergoing a trial at their bitter rivals Huddersfield.
The Terriers revealed on their website on Monday that Frank Mulhern, 19, had been included in the club’s Under-23s side that beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 in the Professional Development League earlier that day.
Huddersfield explained that Mulhern was on trial in a clear indication that he has been given the green light to explore a transfer from Elland Road.
Mulhern played 81 minutes of the match before being substituted and there was no word on the length of the trial or whether he will take part in other matches for the club.
News of Mulhern’s arrival at Huddersfield comes after a fiercely contested Championship clash between the Yorkshire rivals on Sunday which ended with the two managers sent to the stands after their altercation on the touchline sparked a brawl involving both sets of players and coaching staffs.
Forward Mulhern is out of contract at Leeds in the summer, at which point he will be able to join a new club for free if he is not offered fresh terms by Leeds.
He had been highly rated at Leeds after impressive performances for the Under-23s last season.
Indeed, former Leeds manager and academy coach Neil Redfearn predicted in a radio interview last year that Mulhern will have a “massive future” in the game.
The Republic of Ireland Under-19 international agreed a loan move to non-league outfit Southport at the start of the season but it turned sour and he had just 20 minutes of first-team action.