The custodians of Leeds United investing in the next generation has got to be a positive sign - YEP opinion

Signing the youngsters of the future, fundraising news and season ticket updates. Here’s our latest exclusive column from the board of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust.

Leeds signed Cody Drameh from Fulham - just one of a number of promising young players snapped up by the club in the last few weeks. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images.

This is the shortest and most important of pre-seasons for Leeds United.

It represents the start of a new era in our club’s proud history, complete with all the riches that the Premier League can provide.

We all crave big money signings and there will no doubt be players coming in soon.

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Lucky winner Daniel Hollis with his Don Revie print.

Marcelo has always made it clear that he only wants players to be bought that he believes will improve on what he already has within his championship-winning squad.

But whoever starts in that highly anticipated first fixture away to Liverpool, you can be sure they’ll look amazing in the slick new kit!

What is also really encouraging is that the club have already secured the services of some promising youngsters. Joe Gelhardt, Charlie Allen, Cody Drameh and Dani van den Heuvel are welcome additions.

For the custodians of our great club to be investing heavily in the next generation has got to be a positive sign.

The Trust’s day to day work continues and we recently gave fans the opportunity to win a limited edition Don Revie print, drawn by Paul Trevillion, by donating a minimum of £2.50 towards our charity of the year, Andy’s Man Club.

We raised a total of £260 for the charity and we would like to offer our congratulations to the winner, Daniel Hollis, who can now place it with pride on his wall.

The Trust continues to hold regular one-to-one discussions with the club on all matters that are important to our members and to the wider fanbase. For those fans who were season ticket holders for the 2019-20 season, we know that the club had provided a number of options as a rebate because the last few matches at Elland Road were played behind closed doors.

Those options included a retail gift card to the value of £50 for the club shop, or also the option of a pro-rata refund on the face value of the tickets.

We have recently been contacted by some of our members in relation to these options, asking us when they can expect to receive them from the club.

The Trust took this up directly with Angus Kinnear and he was able to confirm to the Trust, for the first time, that the retail gift cards have started to be issued to fans from Thursday, August 20 and the ticket refunds will be issued during the first week of September.

The Trust will also make sure to keep in touch with the club during its preparations for the new season.

This includes making sure that, when fans can start to return to Elland Road for home matches, this is done in the safest and fairest way possible for everyone.

Adding your own voice to the Trust’s work is easy. Simply visit our website at www.leedsunitedtrust.com and become a member for just £10 per year.

As a member, you can also enrol your child for free as a Future Trust member!

Marching on together.