Leeds United defender Tom Lees has today signed a new deal which will keep him at Elland Road for another four years.
Lees only signed a new deal in September after a decent start to the season, but Neil Warnock has rewarded Lees with a new deal after he made 44 appearances for the club last season. The centre-back come make-shift right-back (he's not very good there Neil please don't play him there) made his mark this season after earning his chance after successful loan spells at Bury and Accrington Stanley.
Warnock has praised Lees endlessly since his arrival in March, and today he was as positive as ever when speaking about the Leeds academy graduate. Warnock said:
"Tom was probably the one bright spark at the back. He's made individual errors and he's got to learn, but he's improved his all round game to such an extent that he was one of the first names on the team-sheet. I can't give him a bigger compliment than that.
I've told him there will be plenty of competition at the back next season because I am looking to bring in defenders, but he has every attribute. Tom's a great lad, he's Leeds through and through and I see him having a great career here."
The deal to keep Lees at Elland Road has been rumoured for a number of weeks, and the defender told Yorkshire Radio that Warnock's experience and thoughts on the future were a big factor in him signing a new deal.
"The gaffer pulled me at the end of the season and said we would do something about my contract. He's been really good and we've been to see him a few times, the things he's saying was something we liked.
It's nice to have the feeling of someone coming to you and offering you a new deal I can't think him (Warnock) enough. He's been a really big influence since he's been here and it's only been a short time but I feel like I've learnt a lot."
As I've mentioned in the article above, I hope Warnock doesn't use Lees at right-back. It's pretty clear Lees doesn't feel comfortable in the role and I'd like to see somebody brought in with more pace. Having said that, Lees has done exceptionally well considering he's had one full season at Championship level.
But what do you readers think? Where would you like to see Lees played next season?