Leeds United youngster joins two former teammates on trial at Barrow

Barrow AFC have taken versatile Leeds United youngster Josh Galloway on trial. 

The League Two side took Jordan Stevens on loan from the Whites this summer alongside the permanent signing of Robbie Gotts.

Galloway is an energetic, pacey player that has played as a right back, right winger and as a centre forward throughout his time in the Whites’ academy.

He played the full 90 for Mark Cooper’s side on Tuesday evening, missing a penalty in the shootout after a 0-0 draw in the Lancashire Senior Cup against Burnley.

Galloway joined the Whites back in 2019 from Carlisle, a move that disappointed then Carlisle boss Steven Pressley.

“It’s something that disappoints me,” Pressley said.

“I have said this before, and I mean this, that although I want to promote our young players from within the club, we have to keep our young players.

“We have to develop a situation where our supporters are seeing them for long periods of time. At this moment in time, with both [Liam] McCarron and young Josh, we are not seeing the development of the player. It’s hard to accept, but it’s circumstances of the system to a degree.

“The system has created a situation now where you have young players that I don’t even think need to earn a contract, and the club are under pressure to give them contracts.

“In my [playing] days, you had to earn the right to a contract. Now, if we don’t protect a young player that’s had a couple of good games in a week, we are in danger of losing them.

“That’s what the system is creating. It’s incredible and it’s not right.”

McCarron also made the switch from Carlisle to Leeds back in 2019 after playing 16 times in League Two in the 18/19 season.

Since then, he is yet to make a senior appearance for Leeds but things have worked out better for him than they have for Galloway.

Revitalised in a left-back position by Mark Jackson and Marcelo Bielsa, McCarron is a regular in the U23s (14 games, 3 goals last season. Nine games, one goal, one assist this season) and has also featured on the bench in the Premier League.

McCarron also signed a two-year contract extension in September that will see him stay at Elland Road until 2023.

Galloway on the other hand, has had very limited playing time over the last two seasons, playing just five games in all competitions since the start of the 20/21 season. He is contracted until summer 2022 but Leeds would not stand in his way if he was to reach an agreement with Barrow, or anybody else for that matter.

He did find the back of the net in a 3-2 PL2 defeat at Reading last season, one of just four losses that Mark Jackson’s side suffered as they cruised to the Division 2 title but he has failed to establish a place in the U23s.