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VIDEO: Peacock-Farrell on move

13th October 2017

Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell hopes a loan move to York City will not only help his new club but strengthen his own international ambitions.

The Leeds United goalkeeper, still only 20, was called-up by Northern Ireland in August and is still chasing a possible ticket to next summer's World Cup.

However, unless he is playing first team football, Peacock-Farrell knows that his chances of breaking into the Irish squad on a regular basis are remote.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Vanarama National League North game at Leamington (kick-off 3pm), Peacock-Farrell - who has signed a one month loan deal with City - said: "As soon as I heard about it, I thought this was a great chance for me to get some games and some senior football.

"Obviously, with the (transfer) window shut for the league, this is the nearest club and it was probably the best situation for both parties."

Reflecting on his selection for World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and the Czech Republic, he said: "I was delighted to be called up to the senior squad in the previous international break. It was a good experience to be around the squad and the set-up and see how international football works.

"I think, for me to progress any further, I have got to be playing some games to push the goalkeepers there and try to fight for a spot. Obviously, we have got to qualify for the World Cup, we have got play-offs to get in and I think, once we do that, it will be a great summer."

Although Peacock-Farrell made his Championship debut for Leeds 18 months ago against Queens Park Rangers, he has been limited to appearances on the bench since. Not surprisingly, he is now hungry for first team football.

"I think that’s the aim for anyone my age," he said. "You want to be playing regularly. I got on, I had a game. The problem is - when you are a keeper and you are on the bench - you don’t get to come on for the last 10 minutes like an outfielder does. You have to wait for injuries and it just never happened for me while I was involved. I need to keep progressing and getting some experience and getting some exposure.

"Obviously, I have got a long contract at Leeds so I will be going back there whenever they decide to call me back," he admitted. "Personally, it's (about) coming here to get some games and helping this club out. Hopefully, it all goes well and it benefits all three parties."

Born in Darlington, Peacock-Farrell spent seven years at Middlesbrough’s youth academy before joining Leeds in 2013.

He signed his first professional contract with the Elland Road club in 2015 and agreed a new three year deal only this summer.

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