By Craig Scott

10th Jan, 2020 | 5:28pm

Reliable journalist: Leeds 23y/o loan exit signed off today, could end up permanent

Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy has had his loan move to Burton Albion “signed off” today (Friday), according to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.

The reporter claimed via his personal Twitter account that the 23-year-old defender is expected to arrive at the League One club on Monday ahead of playing for the Brewers for the remainder of the season.

Cross reported earlier this month on the LeedsLive website that Shaugnessy’s loan agreement with Burton does include the option for the Staffordshire club to make the switch permanent in the summer if he impresses.

Shaughnessy has spent the first half of the season on loan with Mansfield in League Two.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international made 17 appearances in all competitions for the Nottinghamshire outfit before his final outing for them on December 7.

Burton clearly rate the defender highly as they are snapping him up based on his form in the league below them, but Shaugnessy is someone who is still young and has some room to continue his development.

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It is unlikely that we will see him in a Leeds shirt again.

Shaughnessy played 15 times for the Whites’ senior side but never really looked as though he would be someone to go on and become a regular.

Hopefully it works out for him at Burton, which is a good club with very good training facilities that he could maybe take advantage of.

In other Leeds United news, a winger is set to join the Whites from these Premier League giants.