Leeds United midfielder agrees new four-year deal

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O'Kane
Leeds United midfielder Eunan O'Kane
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Leeds United have secured another senior player on an improved deal by agreeing a four-year contract with Eunan O’Kane.

The midfielder has followed up a strong pre-season by committing himself to United until 2021 and replacing a deal which was due to expire at the end of this season.

Leeds have been in negotiations with several of the their first-team players and the agreement with O’Kane comes less than 24 hours after centre-back Liam Cooper signed a new four-year deal.

O’Kane joined Leeds on a two-year contract from Bournemouth last August and entered the final 12 months of it on July 1.

The Republic of Ireland international, however, has been prominent under new head coach Thomas Christiansen and started the club’s first game of the season away at Bolton Wanderers.

O’Kane insisted last week that he was relaxed about his dwindling deal, saying a new contract would “take care of itself”, and Leeds finalised terms with him at Thorp Arch yesterday.

The 26-year-old came to Leeds having helped Bournemouth win the Championship title but his first year with United was affected by a groin problem and he found himself out of favour under Garry Monk towards the end of last season.

Speaking a week ago, O’Kane said: “I had an injury problem around Christmas time which kept me out for two months but to then come back and be fit, and for the team to be going through a bad run of form - to not be given the opportunity to turn that around was really difficult.

“I’ve been asked a number of times ‘have people seen the best of me?’ and still to this point I don’t think so. I hope I can go from strength to strength.”