Young Leeds United right-back Lewie Coyle has signed a new two-year contract.
The club’s highly-rated development squad captain has received improved terms less than six months after agreeing a one-year deal.
Coyle’s previous contract was due to expire at the end of this season but his impressive form for Leeds’ Under-21s has earned him an extension.
Coyle said: “I got a one-year contract in the summer and my aim was to extend that by doing well and impressing. Hopefully, I’d then get handed a longer deal and I’m delighted that’s happened.
“I only started hearing about it a few weeks ago, but I didn’t believe it until it actually happened. I’m just looking forward to cracking on now.”
The 20-year-old is yet to make his first-team debut for United but he travelled on the club’s pre-season tour of Austria and Norway and current head coach Steve Evans wanted to field him in last week’s friendly at Wycombe Wanderers.
A suspension incurred in a development squad game, however, prevented Coyle from playing. He has missed the Under-21s’ last three games, including Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town.
“It was just bad timing but that’s football and it was my doing, getting that red card,” Coyle said. “I can’t look too much into it.”
United are considering sending Coyle out on loan before next week’s emergency deadline but the youngster is seen by the club as a future fixture at right-back. That position in United’s team looks increasingly open with Sam Byram likely to leave Elland Road when his contract expires next summer.
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