Leeds United youngster revises personal target under fresh deal amid praise for senior mentor

Sam Greenwood has grafted in his first two seasons at Leeds United – but he’s not stopping there.

Tuesday, 2nd August 2022, 11:11 am

That’s the message 20-year-old had for fans after penning a deal alongside young team-mates Crysencio Summerville and Joe Gelhardt.

Since arriving at Elland Road in the summer of 2020, the trio have made waves at Thorp Arch as the young Whites stormed to a Premier League 2 Division Two title in their first season of competing.

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After netting 18 goals for the Under 23s, Greenwood was included in Marcelo Bielsa’s matchday squad as Leeds hosted Manchester United at the close of the 2020/2021 season.

The former Arsenal player became a bench regular at the start of last season, and was handed his Premier League debut against his former club in December, coming on for 12 minutes at the end of a 4-1 defeat.

Under new manager Jesse Marsch, Greenwood has thrived – the youngster made six further top flight appearances during United’s relegation run-in and contributed a couple of vital assists.

Now, the Mackem has signed a fresh contract which will keep him at Leeds until 2026.

Leeds United forward Sam Greenwood signs a new deal which will keep him at Elland Road until 2026.

“I'm over the moon, absolutely delighted to do it at this club and yeah, the hard work continues,” Greenwood said.

“It's a great feeling - obviously, a lot of hard work went in the past couple of years and yeah I've just got to keep going.

"I've enjoyed every minute of it. It's full of ups and downs, it's tough and every day is hard and you've just got to keep going and keep pushing and always believe in yourself.”

Last term, Marsch trusted the versatile Greenwood to fill in a number of offensive positions including striker, attacking midfield and as a number 10.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Sam Greenwood of Leeds United passes the ball during the 2022 Queensland Champions Cup match between Brisbane Roar and Leeds United at Cbus Super Stadium on July 14, 2022 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Upon signing his new deal, the forward paid tribute to one of his Leeds colleagues who has helped him keep up momentum in the first team.

"Obviously, you've got like the captain Liam Cooper he's been great with us and yeah, it just gives us that bit of confidence to - once we get in there, it's great and it helps us a lot,” Greenwood said. "Once you've got that feeling, you have the confidence to just keep pushing and going further and further. And that's the aim.

“As long as I'm playing, I'm happy. I can play anywhere in front, anywhere in the midfield. So yeah, it's a thing I've had since I was young. I've been playing all over the pitch. It's great, great for me, and it helps when opportunities come to play for the first team.”

After a breakthrough season at Elland Road, Greenwood is looking forward to raising the bar for himself this term as the Whites set out to shake last season’s relegation scare off.

“Obviously last season, it was to try and get some game time,” Greenwood said.

“This season, now I've had some before it's to really show an impact in the team and show what I can do, show my talent.

“I think I suit the way we play a lot, counter-pressing and stuff like that, getting the ball back quick - that's me.

“We need to keep pushing and I think we're ready. We're ready for the league to start now.”