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Charlie Cresswell signs new Leeds United contract - expires 2023

The young defender has hugely impressed in his step-up to under-23 football, earning himself a new deal at LS11.

Leeds United v Hull City - EFL Trophy
Charlie Cresswell made his senior debut in the EFL Cup at home to Hull City in a 1-1 draw.
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Leeds United have secured the future of young defender Charlie Cresswell until the summer of 2023 as he signs a new deal at Elland Road.

Cresswell has caught the eye of the Leeds United faithful as well as the England under-19 set-up as the 18-year-old has hugely impressed since stepping into Mark Jackson’s under-23 side in The Premier League 2.

The 23s sit 2nd in the table at the moment with Cresswell playing seven of the team’s eight matches so far. He has also worn the captain’s armband and shown himself to have all of the qualities that people look for in a modern centre-back. He’s commanding, good with his feet, a strong passer and a great defender for his age.

There’s still plenty of development to be done for young Cresswell, but he’s impressed so much so quickly to the point that he jumped over several youngsters to book a starting place in The EFL Cup against Hull City.

When speaking to LUTC, Cresswell said:

“I’m over the moon to sign a new contract. This is a club very close to my heart, so I’m delighted to be staying here.

“There have been lots of ups and downs, that is what football is like, but it has been a good journey so far and hopefully it continues. I need to keep working hard, my debut was a game to learn from and hopefully I can keep developing and push for more chances in the first team.

“I want to impress the manager and hopefully I can get on the bench for a couple of games and make the FA Cup squad.”

The 23s return to The PL2 on Monday against West Bromwich Albion as they look to extend their excellent start to the season, while Cresswell looks to further cement his starting place in the youth Whites’ defence.