Phil Hay: Leeds United to trigger forward’s permanent Elland Road exit

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Ryan Edmondson is leaving Leeds United on a permanent transfer and heading for Carlisle United.

Leeds have had a focus on incomings so far this summer, yet there’s a lot of work to do in terms of offloading fringe players.

It appears that forward, Edmondson, will be amongst the first to cut ties with Leeds.

As per Phil Hay, Edmondson is heading for Carlisle in a permanent deal, linking up with Paul Simpson, who he knows from the England youth setup.

Edmondson, 21, only made two senior appearances for Leeds – one under Paul Heckingbottom and the other on the watch of Marcelo Bielsa.

A lack of first-team opportunities at Elland Road since 2018 have resulted in loans at Aberdeen, Northampton Town, Fleetwood Town and Port Vale, with Edmondson helping the latter win promotion from League Two last season.

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Edmondson’s goals in the U18s and U23s did fuel belief that he could’ve made it at Elland Road, yet it’s not happened for him in a Leeds shirt.

His appearances under Heckingbottom and then Bielsa didn’t yield much and, in truth, neither have his loans away from the club.

Perhaps part of the reason for that has been a lack of clarity surrounding his long-term future, which a permanent move to Carlisle solves.

League Two is a level he’s comfortable at and should be a stage in which he can finally start fulfilling his potential.

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