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Scott Wootton Extends Leeds United Stay

Leeds United have confirmed that defender Scott Wootton has signed a one-year contract extension that keeps him at the club until the summer of 2017.

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Wootton's original deal was set to expire at the end of next season, three years after he moved to Elland Road from Manchester United.

His career at Leeds seemed to be coming to an end after being loaned out to Rotherham United at the start of this season. The 23-year-old played seven games while on loan at the Millers and his form gave Leeds boss Neil Redfearn something to think about.

Although he is predominately a centre-back Wootton has filled in at right-back for the Whites as Redfearn decided to change his formation and push Sam Byram forward. Gaetano Beradi  has had to deal with suspensions and injuries this season and Wootton has taken his chance under Redfearn.

Wootton has played his part in Leeds' upturn in form, with the Whites winning five of their last six league games.

While his ability has been questioned, Wootton has done remarkably well to turn his Leeds career around. His pace and touch is a problem still, but nobody can question his desire to play for Leeds at present.

Like Wootton, Steve Morison and Luke Murphy have benefited from reassurances and some patience from both Redfearn and his assistant Steve Thompson.Long may it continue.