HUDDERSFIELD Town Under-21s captain William Boyle has completed a loan move to York City - and Terriers coach Frankie Bunn reckons the Minstermen have got themselves a "leader".

The 20-year-old defender, who can play at centre-half or left-back, has signed a youth loan deal with the Minstermen until January 3, after impressing in a string of U21 performances for Town this term, not least Monday's 2-0 win over Leeds United watched at first-hand by City boss Jackie McNamara.

Boyle, having come through Huddersfield's academy, made his first-team debut for the Terriers as a late substitute in their 3-0 victory over Reading in February this year, and, shortly after, joined National League outfit Kidderminster Harries to gain further experience at senior level.

He has also been on the Championship club's bench on several occasions this season in addition to a loan spell with a second fifth tier outfit, Macclesfield Town, at the start of the campaign.

Former Oldham striker Bunn, Huddersfield's senior professional development coach, said: “York manager Jackie McNamara approached the club about William’s availability straight after watching him in action first-hand in the 2-0 U21s win at Leeds United.

“This will be William’s third (loan) spell and now is the time for him to go and establish himself in York’s side, which we all believe he is more than capable of doing.

“He’s a great character – a leader on the pitch – and this is potentially a superb next step in his development as a footballer.”

Boyle has been the regular captain of Bunn’s table-topping U21 squad, scoring three goals in ten starts this term while helping the side keep six clean sheets in the last seven games.

Following the recent appointment of new Town boss David Wagner, the left-footer also went on a training camp to Spain with the rest of the first-team squad before being allowed to join the Minstermen.

He arrives as a tough time for City. They have not won in eight games and are on a run of five straight defeats - during which time McNamara replaced Russ Wilcox at the helm - and their next four League Two fixtures are all against sides in or around the play-off zone, away to Leyton Orient, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers and at home to Accrington Stanley, when Boyle could go up against Huddersfield development squad team-mate Joe Wright.