It has been confirmed that Brian Rice was present during Leeds United’s 2-0 win over Wigan in the Professional Development League.

The Accies boss has a keen eye for young talent south of the border and has attended youth games in England on occasion.

Rice watched the Leeds v Wigan Development clash. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hamilton have confirmed he had gone to watch Leeds v Wigan after taking in his own club’s Reserves clash with Queen of the South.

But who could Rice have been watching and who will have impressed him?


Ryan Edmondson

Edmondson is one of Leeds’ most talented prospects but he hasn’t had a look-in at first-team action since Paul Heckingbottom handed him a debut in 2018.

Hasn’t featured much. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport/Getty Images)

He’s only featured twice this term but scored against the Latics under Rice’s watchful eye. Hamilton may need some extra firepower too, with the striker department only scoring eight goals between them in 14 games.

A physical presence with good aerial abilty and poacher-like qualities, Edmondson could be doing with a senior switch and Hamilton need a clinical striker.

Adam Long

Hamilton have had their injury problems at the back, with suspension and injury reducing them to their bare bones in recent weeks. Long could plug some gaps in that area.

Long is a Latics prodigy. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He has played most weeks for the Wigan Development squad and has managed to get some senior experience in the domestic cups.

It would be another youngster in the backline though, but Rice seems ok with trusting young guns at the back.

Alfie McCalmont

McCalmont is a highly thought of central midfielder at Elland Road after making a good impression following his arrival in the summer.

He made some appearances for the first-team during the summer and was in their travelling squad on the Championship’s opening day.

Since then, he has made his senior debut for Leeds and Northern Ireland, showing just how highly rated the 19-year-old is. Regular senior football isn’t likely to be forthcoming despite all this though so perhaps a move to South Lanarkshire would help him build up a consistent run of games.

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