Leeds United outcast Eunan O’Kane will remain at Luton Town next season, with no change to his current agreement with the Championship club.
That is according to an official statement from the Hatters, who have been discussing who is sticking around to finish their relegation battle this season.
Luton, who drew 1-1 with Leeds United in their last Championship outing, have confirmed on their website that O’Kane will remain at Kenilworth Road until the end of the 2020-21 season, as per the original 18-month agreement Leeds and Luton thrashed out in January.
There had been some suggestion that Luton could decide to cancel that deal amid the current global health crisis and a recent change in management, but O’Kane looks set to remain long-term.
That is despite his continued wait to play first-team football again.
O’Kane was first loaned to Luton in 2018, after Marcelo Bielsa deemed him unsuitable for his Leeds United project. Indeed, O’Kane told Balls.ie last year that he has ‘never had a conversation’ with Bielsa and that his initial exit from Leeds was ‘blunt’.
But O’Kane suffered a horror leg break in September 2018. He returned to Leeds for rehabilitation but has not played a game for the club since a 2-0 win over QPR in May 2018.
The Republic of Ireland international is yet to play for Luton in his second stint at the club but the club clearly see him as a long-term project.
O’Kane signed a new deal at Leeds in 2017, which keeps him at the club until 2021, with the option of a further one-year extension.
His loan move at Luton should therefore see him up to the end of his Leeds United contract, at which point he can finally make a move away from Elland Road.
Given his rough luck with injuries, no Leeds United fan would begrudge him any future success.