Leeds United have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international winger Stuart Dallas on a three-year deal from Brentford.
The 24-year-old arrives for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £1.3m, after passing a medical at the club’s Thorp Arch facility yesterday and he could make his debut in the opening Championship game of the new season against Burnley at Elland Road on Saturday.
Leeds agreed terms with Brentford and Dallas on Friday, but his transfer was held up while Dallas travelled to Northern Ireland to attend a family funeral over the weekend and delays in the paperwork caused by a power shortage at Brentford’s Griffin Park yesterday.
His three-year contract includes the option of a fourth season at Elland Road.
Dallas is capable of playing on both flanks and arrives with a glowing reputation in the Championship after making his name in England with Brentford, where he worked under head coach Uwe Rosler.
Rosler took Dallas to Griffin Park back in summer 2012 after a string of award-winning displays with homeland club Crusaders as a youngster.
He was named as the Northern Ireland Football Writers’ Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year for 2011, earning himself international recognition along the way at under 23s level.
He was made to be patient for his chance at Brentford after making the switch the following year, heading out on loan to Northampton Town to gain experience, before returning to form part of their promotion-winning team of 2013-14.
Dallas starred in the Bees’ impressive Championship return last season, featuring 43 times and scoring eight goals, including their goal of the season winner at Fulham.
Dallas has become Rosler’s seventh summer signing – following Charlie Horton, Lee Erwin, Sol Bamba, Chris Wood, Tom Adeyemi and Ross Turnbull.