July 20, 2024

A first professional contract has been agreed between Leeds United and one of last season’s FA Youth Cup heroes. Dan Toulson has signed a one-year deal with the Whites two months after playing a key role on the left of the under-18s defence in May’s final.

The 18-year-old played every minute in that illustrious competition and caught the eye with his versatility and leadership. Toulson even made an impression with Scott Gardner’s Under-21s too and United have moved to tie him down to a first professional deal as he continues to develop.

A club statement said: “Leeds United are pleased to announce Dan Toulson has signed his first professional contract with the club. The 18-year-old has penned a one-year deal, which will see him continue his development at Thorp Arch until 2025.

“A versatile defensive option, Toulson featured as a holding midfielder, centre-half and left-back across last season, starring for both the Whites’ under-18 and under-21 sides. Playing every minute of our FA Youth Cup journey in the previous campaign, Toulson proudly led his team-mates out at the Etihad Stadium, as they reached the final of the prestigious competition.

“Everyone at Elland Road would like to congratulate Dan on signing professional terms with the club and we look forward to seeing his development over the coming season.”

There are expected to be more contract deals announced over the next 24 hours with the club’s academy talents. On Tuesday, Reuben Lopata-White’s first professional deal, Harry Christy’s new contract and Joe Richards’s first contract were announced.

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