Highly-rated Leeds United defender Paudie O’Connor has joined Blackpool on a season-long loan deal.
The centre-back, 20, made his first-team debut against Sunderland in April and penned a new contract at Elland Road just last week.
Further Championship appearances came against Preston North End, Aston Villa and Barnsley towards the end of the campaign.
Born in Ireland, O’Connor started out his professional career in his home city of Limerick and featured 39 times for the club prior to his switch to Leeds.
Manager Gary Bowyer said:
“I’m really pleased to bring Paudie to the club after what has been a really promising season for him at Leeds United. He’s an aggressive defender who has impressed in the four games he has played in The Championship and we’re really looking forward to seeing him continue his development with us.”
Paudie O’Connor added:
“I’ve had a nice week of getting a new deal at Leeds and then getting the opportunity to come to a great club like Blackpool. I’m really excited to get in, meet the lads and get training. I’m looking forward to getting a full season of first-team football under my belt, hopefully.”