Leeds United have signed sought-after Carlisle United product Josh Galloway for an undisclosed fee, the Whites have announced.
Glasgow-born Galloway will immediately link up with Leeds on a scholarship deal, although it remains to be seen if he will be offered a place in Carlos Corberan’s Under 23s or form a part of the Whites’ U18s set-up.
The 17-year-old leaves the Cumbrians without playing a competitive senior game for the club (TransferMarkt), but featured frequently in the League Two side’s pre-season schedule this summer and started their ties against Fleetwood Town and Tranmere Rovers, and scored at Penrith AFC.
Galloway, a midfielder capable of playing on the right or through the centre, was also awarded a spot on Steven Pressley’s bench for the curtain-raiser at home to Crawley Town at the start of the month, although the Carlisle head coach opted against handing the youngster his first-team debut in his side’s 2-1 win.
United’s capture signals a significant coup for the West Yorkshire outfit, as the teenager had been closely monitored throughout his development by scouts working for clubs at higher tiers (Carlisle United), after joining the Cumbrian’s youth fold as part of their Under 10s and catching the eye as he progressed through the ranks at Brunton Park.
The prospect had been on a scholarship deal with Carlisle since November 2017, where Head of Scouting Darren Edmondson rated his efforts highly.
Speaking at the time of Galloway signing his scholarship deal, Edmondson told Carlisle’s official website: “He’s such a good footballer, and he plays the game with his head up. He can use both feet, and he can go past people as well.
“He needs to work on making sure he’s in games for the full 90 minutes, and I want him to be influencing things more than he is at the moment, because when he has the ball at his feet he is extremely effective. He has the ability to become a focal point for the team, so that’s what I want to see from him.”
Galloway follows former Carlisle teammate Liam McCarron in moving to the Elland Road natives from League Two, after Leeds acquired the 18-year-old winger earlier in the summer, also for an undisclosed fee.
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