Jonny Howson insisted today that a new contract with Leeds United would “take care of itself” if the squad at Elland Road continued to show Championship promotion potential.
United’s captain confirmed that talks with the club were ongoing after Leeds approached him with the offer of an extended deal.
Howson’s existing contract expires next summer, and the 23-year-old – an England Under-21 international and the leading appearance maker in the squad at Leeds – would be entitled to leave United on a free transfer if the club fail to renew his deal.
But the Whites appeared in the Championship’s play-off zone for the first time this season after a classy display at Doncaster Rovers on Friday night, and Howson hinted that the prospect of promotion to the Premier League would help to encourage an agreement.
Howson said: “We’re still discussing things. From my point of view I just want to play in a team which can give performances like that, and if we keep doing that then I’m sure it (the contract) will take care of itself.
“I’ll put it to the back of my mind.
“They (contracts) are big decisions at any time. It’s your career and you’ve got to make the right decision.
“But my aim is to get Leeds into the Premier League and if we keep producing performances like that then it won’t be a problem.”