Leeds United: Lees ready to sign deal

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Leeds United defender Tom Lees will sign a new contract next week, committing his long-term future to the Elland Road club.

Lees is due to put pen to paper on Tuesday after agreeing the terms of an improved and extended deal with United.

The 21-year-old centre-back will receive a four-year contract with the option of an additional 12 months, bringing his salary in line with a number of the more senior members of the squad at Elland Road.

Lees is already tied to United until 2015 having accepted new terms at the beginning of this season but the defender’s performances during his first full term as a Leeds player have earned him a sizeable pay-rise and a longer deal.

Manager Neil Warnock instigated the improved offer to Lees on the back of 45 first-team appearances.

The United boss said: “Tom’s been the one bright spark at the back.

“He’s got a lot to learn and he’s made individual errors but he’s improved his all-round game and he was almost the first name on my teamsheet. I can’t give him a bigger compliment than that.”

Leeds are struggling to persuade other prominent players to commit to new contracts, with Ross McCormack and Aidan White increasingly likely to leave Elland Road this summer and captain Robert Snodgrass still to respond to an offer which would make him United’s highest earner.

But an agreement with Lees has been reached after a swift and successful flurry of talks between United and his representatives.

Lees recently underwent surgery to repair the broken nose he nursed through the closing weeks of the Championship term but he is expected to be fit to begin pre-season training in early July.

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