By Craig Scott

30th Jul, 2020 | 8:02am

Reliable journo expects 24-year-old to exit Leeds permanently and join Midlands club

Conor Shaughnessy is expected to join Burton Albion on a permanent basis from Leeds United this summer, according to LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross.

The 24-year-old has been on loan at the Midlands club since January and appeared eight times for them before the League One season was curtailed.

Although Shaughnessy originally suggested that he was returning to Elland Road when Burton’s season was cut short, it seems that the defensive enforcer could still join the Brewers on a full-time contract.

Writing in a Q&A on the LeedsLive website, Cross said: “Shaughnessy is expected to make his Burton loan permanent.”

Shaughnessy turned 24 last month and also entered the final 12 months of his contract at Elland Road so a move away this summer is certainly a possibility.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has only made 15 senior appearances for Leeds and doesn’t seem to be up to scratch to play in the Premier League after spending last season on loan at League Two side Mansfield and League One’s Burton.

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Shaughnessy showed he had plenty of potential in his early days at Leeds but for one reason or another, it simply hasn’t worked out for him in West Yorkshire and it is going to be best for all parties that he moves on.

Burton should be getting themselves a solid, versatile player who can play as a defensive midfielder and at centre-back while Leeds will be getting someone unwanted off their wage bill and maybe pocketing a bit of a transfer fee too.

In other Leeds United news, fans of this Premier League club are urging Leeds to sign one of their players.