Sport: Ex-Leeds United defender on trial with Airdrie after glowing recommendation

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Former Leeds United defender Luke Lyons is on trial with Airdrie ahead of a potential transfer.

The 20-year-old progressed through the academy at the English giants before moving to Bradford PA when his contract expired last summer.

The Scottish-born defender is comfortable playing in different defensive positions and he’s been with the Diamonds for the majority of their pre-season programme.

Lyons played during Airdrie’s NL Cup final defeat to Clyde at Broadwood as a left centre-back in a 3-5-2 formation alongside fellow trialist, former Rangers defender Harris O'Connor.

It’s understood that a decision on Lyons’ future will be made in the next few days with Airdrie manager Ian Murray likely to offer him a deal.

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The 40-year-old boss believes Lyons has huge potential and although he’s struggled with injuries in his career, Murray says the centre-back is highly-regarded within the game.

He said: “Luke was at Leeds when he was younger and he’s been really unlucky with injuries over the years plus he had Covid.

Ian Murray looking at the camera: Airdrie boss Ian Murray © SNS Group Airdrie boss Ian Murray

“He comes with a really good pedigree and he was recommended very highly to us.

“We’ve had him in for a couple of weeks now, which is longer than some other trialists, and he’s done really well.

“He’s got a wee bit more experience than Harris [O’Connor} in terms of his age and he’s more comfortable on the left-side.

“We need some cover in that area but we will sit down with all our trialists. We need to narrow it down now so we will see where we are.”

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