Luke Ayling has become the fourth senior player to be handed a new Leeds United contract in recent weeks, and the defender has been quoted by Leeds’ official Twitter account as saying that he expects a “few more”.
Ayling, 28, has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal that will keep him in a Leeds shirt until the summer of 2023. His previous deal had entered its final two years, meaning he has extended his contract from 2021 to 2023.
Signed by Garry Monk in 2016 from Bristol City, Ayling has more than deserved his new deal. With 116 appearances for the Whites in his first three campaigns, he has become a leader of the team and influential in the dressing room.
The former Arsenal and Yeovil man spoke to Leeds’ Twitter account after signing a new deal and an announcement was made on Tuesday, and he predicted that more contracts would follow his, Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips and Stuart Dallas’ deals.
“It’s always nice to see the boys getting long deals,” Ayling said. “The boys done really well last year, and the club have noticed that and handed out some contracts to the boys which is always nice.
“It shows that the club is backing us as players. So it has been brilliant to see everyone get new deals and I’m sure there will be a few more to come.”
TBR’s view – So, who is next in line for a contract at Leeds?
Leeds Live have repeatedly claimed that Matuesz Klich is the player next to receive a new deal, with his current contract set to expire next summer. The report claims his agent is flying over from Poland in order to agree a contract.
Leeds have got to make a decision on the future of Pablo Hernandez, with his deal expiring in the summer. If he continues to produce at such a high level, he is likely to get another year. Gaetano Berardi’s deal is also soon to end.
The Whites then have a whole host of players with deals ending in 2021. Gjanni Alioski, Barry Douglas, Jamie Shackleton, Matuesz Bogusz and Leif Davis all see their deals expire in less than two years.
The most important deals of those names are Hernandez, Alioski, Shackleton and Bogusz. Douglas and Berardi may also get new deals, as may Davis – though the youngster’s recent performances for the Under-23’s have declined.