LEEDS UNITED were handed a big boost on the eve of transfer deadline day as winger Stuart Dallas committed his future to the Whites by signing a new three-year-deal.
Dallas was into the final year of his current contract at Leeds and the Northern Ireland international was wanted by United’s Championship rivals Norwich City. But the 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a new deal that commits his future to Leeds until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Dallas becomes the seventh Whites player to sign a new contract at United this summer, following Ronaldo Vieira, Gaetano Berardi, Tyler Denton, Kalvin Phillips, Eunan O’Kane and captain Liam Cooper.
Dallas joined Leeds from Brentford in August 2015 and the winger has now made 90 appearances for the Whites with the wide man netting nine times.
The midfielder was left out of United’s squad altogether for this season’s Championship opener at Bolton Wanderers but Dallas then started the subsequent Carabao Cup hosting of Port Vale and has been involved in every match since.
The winger has come on as a second-half substitute in United’s last four league games, including when scoring the second goal as part of a 2-0 success against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Dallas has been capped 22 times for Northern Ireland and is part of the squad that will travel to San Marino tomorrow for a Group C World Cup qualifier.
Dallas and Northern Ireland will then welcome the Czech Republic for another World Cup qualifier on Monday.
The squad also features United’s 20-year-old goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Whites centre-back Conor Shaughnessy is also celebrating an international call-up having been named in the Republic of Ireland under-21s squad for next week’s game against Azerbaijan.
Former Reading player Shaughnessy joined Leeds in September in 2016 and has worked his way from the under-23s set up to be part of the first-team squad.