Leeds United: Killock contract renewed & deals for seven academy youngsters

Ross Killock.
Ross Killock.
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Leeds United have renewed the contract of defender Ross Killock and signed seven of their academy youngsters to professional deals.

Killock was offered a one-year deal in May after surviving a major cull of senior and junior professionals at Leeds in the aftermath of a tough Championship season.

The centre-back, 19, completed a long-term loan at non-league Chester last term, playing 17 times and scoring once.

He was due to reached the end of his previous contract last month but secured extended terms on the back of his time away from Elland Road.

Killock, who turned professional in 2012, is yet to make his senior debut for Leeds but is currently involved in the club’s pre-season tour of Italy.

He told the club’s official website: “It gives me another year to try and kick on and have a chance to break into the team.

“My loan spell at Chester was invaluable in terms of the experience I gained and that will put me in good stead for this season.

“The next 12 months are massive. You are normally looking at around three years to break into the team and if you don’t, it could be the end for you.”

Leeds have also handed professional contracts to seven of their scholars.

Dan Atkinson, Luke Booker, Lewie Coyle, Tyler Denton, Jake Skelton, Kalvin Phillips and Alex Purver are all taking up full-time deals.

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