Phil Hay has suggested that unsuccessful talks have taken placed between Leeds United and Conor Shaughnessy over terminating the outcast’s contract early.

Shaughnessy, 24, is out of the picture at Elland Road after spending last season on loan with both Mansfield and Burton.

It was reported that he could leave the Whites before the domestic transfer window closed last week but the defensive midfielder has remained in West Yorkshire and has not been included in Marcelo Bielsa’s 25-man squad for the Premier League.

Hay was asked on Twitter on Thursday whether Shaughnessy was still at the club and The Athletic journalist suggested that attempts have been made for both he and Ouasim Bouy to have their contracts settled so they can leave the club early.

Last year, LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross reported that Bouy was “asked to consider a mutual termination” but rejected the notion after failing to agree a mutual separation with the Whites.

And it seems the same has been put forward with Shaughnessy with the Irish player’s career now on hold.

Shaughnessy, at 24, is too old to be included in the Under-23s without taking up one of the over-age player slots.

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Leeds are also out of the Carabao Cup so there is basically no possibility of the ex-Burton loanee getting much game-time between now and the transfer window re-opening in January.

It’s a shock that no one came in to sign Shaughnessy in January after his spells at Mansfield and Burton last term but that could have been affected by how the COVID-19 crisis has hit club’s finances further down the English football pyramid.

We hope Shaughnessy can find a resolution but he needs to try and put his career and development ahead of any financial needs at the moment.

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