Lee Erwin signed a three year deal at Leeds United today after rejecting the offer of a new deal at Motherwell.
Erwin score six goals in 37 games for ’Well last season and his dramatic upsurge in form during the latter half of the campaign gained many admirers.
Despite rumoured interest from Celtic, Sheffield United and Ipswich Town the 21-year-old decided to head to Elland Road.
Erwin spent ten years at Fir Park and although he was out of contract ’Well will be due a compensation fee, thought be around £350,000.
’Well manager Ian Baraclough was disappointed Erwin decided to move on so early in his career, but believes it once again shows the club’s ability to produce young players who can play at a higher level.
He said: “We are obviously disappointed to lose a player like Lee and I told the lad himself I think he would’ve benefited from a further year playing week to week in our first-team.
“However, with that all being said, I understand how football works and Leeds Utd is a great club with a great tradition and it’s a big opportunity for him. We’re very proud of him and what he’s achieved.
“From our point of view, it’s a feather in the cap for our Elite Academy; from Chris McCart, Gordon Young and Scott Leitch as well as the individual coaches and the scouts who worked with Lee from such a young age.
“They are often over-looked, but this is yet another example of Motherwell producing or recruiting a player, developing them and helping them move up the football ladder.
“That’s exactly our strategy for the forthcoming years and the challenge for myself and everyone at the club is to find the next Lee Erwin, and do it all over again.
“I would like to personally thank Lee for all his effort since my arrival at the club. He has been absolutely superb for me both in matches and in training and has earned this move. We wish him all the very best in his career down south.”