Leeds United: Midfielder Phillips pens new deal - and prepares to fight for more game time

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips

Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips

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Kalvin Phillips is aiming to put last season behind him and secure more first-team involvement at Leeds United after signing a new three-year contract.

The midfielder tied himself to Elland Road until the summer of 2019 today, replacing a deal which was due to expire next summer.

Phillips, 20, has been on the fringes of the senior side at Leeds since making his debut in 2015 but he was rarely used during the 2015-16 campaign, playing three times under former head coach Uwe Rosler and seven times under the recently-departed Steve Evans.

United’s players are preparing to begin the fight for places again with new boss Garry Monk due to welcome them back to Thorp Arch for pre-season training next week.

Phillips told United’s official website: “I’m buzzing. It’s a great achievement for me and my family. I’m just happy that the gaffer’s got trust and belief in me.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about him and that he’s good with young players. He’s obviously a good manager who has managed at the highest level.

“Personally, I want to do better than last season and get more game time. I want to be playing consistently and perform well when I get the chance. I’ll be working as hard as I can to get that opportunity.”

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